Sr. Mari Garesche, FMM – North Providence

Sr. Mari Garesche, FMM – North Providence

Sr. Mari Garesche, FMM, who went home to God on April 4, 2018, entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 14, 1958 in North Providence, R.I.

Shortly after her First Vows, March 19, 1961, Mari was missioned to teach at Espiritu Santo School in Fall River, Mass. After a little over a year, she was sent in mission to Australia and then spent 10 years teaching in the Regional Catholic School in the nation’s capital, Canberra. Her final vows were pronounced in New South Wales. Mari was then sent to Papua New Guinea for a year, which was a change of cultures for her. She found it exciting to meet people of a culture and language so far removed from the familiar. After completing her MA in theology at Boston College, she was missioned to Providence where she worked in the FMM Communications Office before going to Tewksbury, Mass., to study CPE or chaplaincy. Soon after, Mari was missioned to St. Petersburg, Fla., where for three years her ministry was hospital chaplaincy.

In 1986, Mari was asked to go to France to work in the Studium in Les Chatelets, learning more about our FMM Foundress and using her French skills there for eight months. She also attended more Institute courses in Rome before going to her next mission, Liberia. There she spent three years as librarian and French teacher in St. Paul’s Seminary in Gharnga. The war came to Liberia and brought many changes and Mari returned to the U.S., spending the next 10 years as hospital staff chaplain and community member of St. Francis Hospital Community.

The summer of 2000 brought her to Fruit Hill, North Providence, where her ministry was to serve in the Mission Resource Center and do part time Pastoral Care ministry at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Providence. Then, Mari returned to Roslyn to continue her chaplaincy. Recently, she was a member of Holy Family Community at Fruit Hill, Assisted Living and then briefly at Ein Karim community at St. Antoine Residence. In addition to the generous sharing of her talents, Mari was known for her quick wit, lovely soprano voice and gentle, caring ways.

Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, April 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a Wake Service at 7 p.m. in the Holy Family Chapel, 399 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence, and a Funeral Mass at Holy Family Chapel on Thursday, April 12 at 11 a.m.

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