Sr. Virginia Ptak entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 15, 1944 at North Providence, RI.
After pronouncing her first vow March 19, 1947, Sr. Virginia was missioned to Roslyn, NY, St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium, now known as St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center where she worked with children who came for treatment and relief from rheumatic fever and its many problems. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1950 in N. Providence, RI.
Her various ministries have been X-ray Technician, registered nurse and local coordinator.
Her present ministry is the Care of Children who come to St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center for heart surgery and non-invasive surgery from foreign countries.
Sr. Carol Ann Kane entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in North Providence, RI September 15, 1959. She pronounced her final vows at North Providence September 17, 1965.
After finishing her studies at Emmanuel College, she was sent in mission to Espiritu Santo School in Fall River as a teacher. Throughout the next years her ministries have included teaching, formation, pastoral care, retreats, spiritual direction, and leadership here is the USA and missions in Singapore and Kenya.
Sr. Marie Cinotti entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in North Providence, RI September 15, 1959.
After pronouncing her first vows March 19, 1962, she began studies at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Brighton. She pronounced her final vows Sept. 17, 1965. Her next mission was at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Boston now known as Franciscan Hospital for Children working as an RN in Our Lady’s Unit. From 1967 to 1970 she was in charge of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Infirmary, N. Providence, RI.
Over the years, Sr. Marie has served as a nurse, religious education teacher, novice directress, local coordinator of communities, personnel director, vocation director and in pastoral care, prison ministry, parish ministry and soup kitchens.
Her present ministry is working at St. Jude’s parish in El Paso Texas. This parish is responsible for the chaplaincy at a local hospital where Marie serves as the chaplain. She is also part of the diocesan Vocation committee.
Sr. Alma Dufault, fmm
Sr. Alma D. Dufault , fmm entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 16, 1946 and made her final profession on March 19, 1952 . She completed studies at Fordham University in Social Work (MSW), and then served as a social worker in Divine Providence and McMahon Shelters in Manhattan, NY., She was sent in mission to Lebanon via Rome. While awaiting her visa to Lebanon, she spent time in Rome and in France. During this time Alma delved deeply into the history of the FMM Institute and of the Sisters who were the companions of Mary of the Passion. In 1957, at the age of 33, she was sent to the USA as the Directress of Novices . then to Rome as an Assistant General. At the General Chapter of 1972, Alma was elected Superior General. Upon completing her service as Superior General, Alma served as the first Secretary General of the newly established International Franciscan Conference. She was sent to the US Province 1988. After a renewal program, Alma was a member of a new community in Chamberino, NM. From 1992 to the present she has served as a member of the program for the Mission Resource Center in North Providence.
Sr. My Hoa Nguyen was born on November 11 at Nha Trang, Vietnam, the eighth child of thirteen children; eight brothers and four sisters.
While in Nha Trang, Vietnam, My Hoa already has responded to God's call by teaching catechism to children. She also helped the children in her neighboorhood with their homework.
Her love of working with children continued after moving to the United States with her family. She worked as an assistant teacher for 3 to 5 year old children in a day care sponsored by the government for one year in San Jose, California.
Since 1975, Mary Blanche Dalton has served as the provincial secretary. Besides the English language, she is fluent in French and Japanese. Because of her gift of language she has served as a simultaneous translator at many of the General Chapters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary that have been held in Grottaferata, Italy.