NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Several friars concelebrated a Mass last month commemorating the golden jubilees of three Franciscan Missionary of Marysisters at Holy Family Chapel here.
Principal celebrant Jerome Massimino, OFM, of New York, was joined at the June 5 event by Frank Sevola, OFM, of Providence and Boston residentsJohn Hogan, OFM, and Thomas Hartle, OFM, who gave the homily.
The friars of Holy Name Province have a longstanding connection with the FMM community, Jerome said. Thomas conducts many retreats.
The three sisters celebrating 50 years as Franciscans — Sr. Marie Cinotti, FMM, Sr. Carol Ann Kane, FMM, and Sr. Claire McQuilkin, FMM — renewed their vows at the Saturday celebration.
“It was a terrific celebration of some very dedicated women,” according to Frank, pastor of the Church of St. Maryin Providence. “The FMMs are a great group of religious women,” he said. “Many of them worship at St. Mary’s regularly. One of their first foundations in Rhode Island was across the street from St. Mary’s. The building is gone but the land was turned into Franciscan Park many years ago by the city of Providence. A statue of the Blessed Mother that was in a grotto on the land was moved to the grounds of St. Mary’s when the building closed.”
A message on the back of the Mass program read: “Thank you for coming to share our joy, as today we give thanks and praise to God for all the blessings of these 50 years. Our FMM vocation is a beautiful gift from God, not only to us, but to all of you who have been such a part of our lives. You have nourished our vocation with your love, your prayers, your support and encouragement all these years.”