New Superior General for FMMs

HNP Communications Franciscan World

ROME — The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary elected Australian native Sr. Suzanne Phillips, FMM, as superior general at its Chapter held here from Sept. 1 through October.

Sr. Suzanne, 56, had a great love of St. Francis as a child, and entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on January 1, 1977. From 1984 to 1987, she was a social worker with refugees in Australia.

In 1987, Sr. Sue was missioned to Meknes, Morocco, where she was involved with school administration. She also served as a local coordinator and was a member of the FMM province.

Sr. Sue was missioned back to Australia in 1995, and became involved in parish work and social work. She opened a House of Welcome for Refugees in Sydney.

In 2002, she came to the General Chapter as a delegate from Australia, and was named general councilor. She was responsible for various provinces during the next six years.  In December 2006, she and General Councilor Angela Hayashi made a one-month canonical visit to the U.S. Province.

Sr. Pat Barrett, FMM, a nurse at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Boston, was one of the delegates at the General Chapter.

“HNP friars Leo Clifford, OFM, Thomas Hartle, OFM, John Hogan, OFM, John Maganzini, OFM, and Gene Pistaschio, OFM, know us well, said Sr. Rosemarie Higgins, a member of the communications staff of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary based in Rhode Island.