Sr. Agnes Begley, FMM – North Providence

Sr. Agnes Begley, FMM – North Providence

Sr. Agnes Begley, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, died on July 11, 2018, at the Fruit Hill Assisted Living Residence.

Sr. Agnes was born in Boston, Nov. 6, 1922. After graduating from Carney School of Nursing, Agnes worked as a nurse anesthetist. While making adoration in St. Clément’s Shrine, where the FMM were, she felt called to be one. She entered at Fruit Hill, North Providence, R.I., March 16, 1949. She made First Vows in September 1951 and final vows, September, 1954, in Ootacamund (“the cradle of the FMM Institute”) India where she had been missioned in 1952, after studying midwifery. In Triconopalli, Sr. Agnes’ mission was to be in charge of the Midwifery Unit in Child Jesus Hospital until 1954 when she was then missioned to be administrator of Immaculate Conception Convent in Coimbatore, a small hospital dispensary which was a haven for the poor. In this place her mission was to provide care for: abandoned, babies, children in the orphanage, young girls in a school and orphanage, a workroom for young women, un-wed mothers and the elderly. It was even a place from which the sisters aided the homeless dying on the streets.

Agnes worked in Coimbatore until 1963 when she was missioned to Mylaore, Madras (now called Chennai) Sacred Heart Boarding School to be assistant warden and nurse. Agnes was there until 1990. In 1990, she went on home leave, but the Gulf War was intense and she was advised to delay her return and was missioned to Fruit Hill where she volunteered to accompany sisters from the FMM Nursing Center to St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield. She then served as the coordinator of the community and did pastoral care at the Residence.

In 2002, Sr. Agnes was missioned to Fruit Hill where she was a coordinator of Trinity Community and responsible for hospitality, the chapel and bookings for events in Lourdes Hall. Agnes loved to read, knit, watch baseball and walk in nature. She was in touch with her former mission where she spent close to 40 years of her religious life. Lately, Agnes offered her limited health condition, prayers and whole life for the Church and the world and did so gracefully; she was always ready to give her smile and gentle laugh to all especially to those who shared something amusing with her.

Sister Agnes' Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 19, at 11 a.m. in Holy Family Chapel, 399 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence. Interment will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held in Holy Family Chapel on Wednesday, July 18, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Franciscian Missionaries of Mary, 399 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence, R.I. 02911, will be appreciated.

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