Fr. Bernard A. Healey – Pastor
Father Bernard A. Healey was born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in the Edgewood section of Cranston, where he attended public schools and attended Mass at St. Paul’s Church. He is the youngest of nine children of the late Judge Edward V. Healey, Jr and the late Lillian E. Healey. A 1987 graduate of The Catholic University of America with a Bachelors of Arts in Politics, Fr. Healey completed his seminary and theological studies at the American College, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium where he earned a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology magna cum laude specializing in the area of Moral Theology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also earned a Licentiate in Canon Law cum laude specializing in the area of church-state relations from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Fr. Healey was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island by The Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau on June 24, 1995. He has served as the Associate Pastor at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Narragansett and St. Augustine Church in Providence. He served as Pastor of St. Ambrose Church in Albion from 2003 until 2012. He was appointed the seventeenth Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church in East Greenwich in June 2012 by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin. Father also serves as Director of the Rhode Island Catholic Conference and Chaplain to the Rhode Island Capitol Police and the East Greenwich Police Departments. In September 2014, Father Healey was appointed by Bishop Tobin to serve as the Dean (Vicar Forane) of the South County Deanery (VII).
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Pastor’s Blog: www.olmparish.org
Twitter Account: twitter.com/FatherHealey
Fr. Joshua A. Barrow – Associate Pastor and School Spiritual Director
Rev. Joshua A. Barrow is a native of Warwick where he was educated in public schools and graduated from Pilgrim High School. He grew up in St. Timothy Church in Warwick. After high school, Fr. Barrow entered Our Lady of Providence Seminary and graduated from Providence College with a B.A. in Philosophy. Bishop Tobin then assigned him for priestly formation and theological studies to the North American College in Rome. Father was ordained a priest in June 2015 and then returned to Rome for graduate studies. After completing an S.T.L Degree in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas this past spring, he was assigned to OLM.
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Mrs. Kimberly Izzi – Admissions Coordinator/Front Office Manager
Mrs. Izzi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Dean College in 1994, where she majored in Classical American Ballet and English Literature. After graduation, Mrs. Izzi moved to Europe, where she taught classes in Classical Ballet and Choreography throughout schools in Germany and France. After marrying her high school sweetheart in 2000, Mrs. Izzi proceeded to manage her husband’s orthodontic practices until the birth of her children in 2004. Mrs. Izzi and her family moved to North Kingstown from North Providence in 2008, when the family joined Our Lady of Mercy Parish and the OLM school community. Once her daughter started kindergarten in 2010, Mrs. Izzi took a position as Director of Educational Programs for Generations Comprehensive Health & Rehabilitative Services, located in North Smithfield, RI. In 2015, after years of serving on the board of the PTG at OLM, Mrs. Izzi officially became a part of the OLM faculty when she accepted the position as Admissions Coordinator and Front Office Manager here at Our Lady of Mercy School. Mrs. Izzi resides in North Kingstown with her husband, children and two dogs. When she is not busy taking care of our students here at OLM, Mrs. Izzi can be found reading anywhere near the ocean.
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Mrs. Irene Buonaccorsi – Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Irene Buonaccorsi was promoted during the summer of 2015 as the school administrative assistant. She started at OLM in September 2001 as the teacher’s assistant in the PreSchool program and moved to the office in March of 2010 as the school secretary/administrative assistant. Mrs. Buonaccorsi completed an Executive Secretary program at Bermuda College before transferring to Johnson and Wales University where she graduated with Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance/Investments and Business Management. She was a Senior Supervisor in the Management Training Program at Bermuda Commercial Bank, Ltd. for 3 years before moving to the U.S.A. Mrs. Buonaccorsi worked as a supervisor at Fleet National Bank in the Bankcard Accounting, Settlement and General Ledger Accounting departments for 3 years before taking time out of work to enjoy her two children. Outside of work, she enjoys baking and decorating cakes, reading and spending time with family and friends.
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Web page: Mrs. Irene Buonaccorsi – Office
Mrs. Carolyn MacCrae – Human Resources Manager/Bookkeeper
Carolyn MacCrae has worked as Parish Bookkeeper since February 2001. During the summer of 2015 her office moved from the Rectory to the School and she is now the Human Resources Manager/Bookkeeper. Carolyn graduated from Cobleskill Central School with a business degree. She later attended Rhode Island College until having her son. While raising Benjamin, she worked at West Bay Christian Academy as Bookkeeper/Business Manager for 6 years. Just prior to joining the OLM team, Carolyn worked as Manager of Quidnessett Book Store for 3 years.
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Mrs. Karen Maguire – Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Karen Maguire is part of our Pre-Kindergarten team. She has been teaching at Our Lady of Mercy for 9 years. She also helps out in Robotics and with the Student Council. Mrs. Maguire graduated from Wheelock College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood. Outside of school she is busy with her three children. You will probably find her attending one of her children’s basketball or soccer games here at OLM.
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Web page: Mrs. Maguire – Pre-K 3 Year Old Program
Mrs. Patricia DiPrete – Pre-Kindergarten Aide
Mrs. Patricia DiPrete is a part of our Kindergarten team. She has been a Kindergarten and Extended Day Aide at Our Lady of Mercy School since 2010. Mrs. DiPrete graduated from East Greenwich High School and studied Early Childhood Education at the Community College of Rhode Island. She owned her own daycare, providing child care for working families while her children were young. Prior to arriving at OLM, Mrs. DiPrete worked with Pre-K and Kindergarten children at Joyful Noise Inc. for nineteen years. She has been a dedicated child care professional for over thirty six years. Mrs. DiPrete enjoys spending time with all the students at OLM and adds that “school time is the best part of her day”.
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Ms. Erica Watson – Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Miss Erica Watson is part of our Preschool team and is the head Pre-k 4 teacher. She has taught preschool for the past 6 years. First, at Happy Hearts Learning Center then at Our Lady of Mercy. Miss Erica Watson attended Rhode Island College and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011. This past May, she completed her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education also at Rhode Island College. The past two years have been an extremely wonderful experience with the OLM community for Miss Watson and she is super excited to start her third year at OLM. Some things Miss Watson enjoys are reading, going to the beach, getting together with family and friends, and running.
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Web page: Ms. Watson – Pre-Kindergarten
Mrs. Deborah Carraccio – Pre-Kindergarten Aide
Mrs. Deborah Carraccio is a new addition to the Pre-K. team. Prior to arriving at OLM she was a Pre-K. and 1st grade volunteer at Fr. John V. Doyle School where it turned into a full time position. She worked at Fr. John V. Doyle School for seven years as a teacher’s assistant throughout the school. Mrs. Carraccio was previously an International Flight Attendant for many years. She lives on a small farm with her two children, husband and many animal family members.
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Mrs. Courtney Anderson – Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Courtney Anderson is our Kindergarten teacher. She joined OLM as a 4th Grade teacher in 2015. Mrs. Anderson has taught 2nd grade at Our Lady of Mercy in Dayton, Ohio and 1st grade at Holy Family Elementary School in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Mrs. Anderson graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Literacy at the University of Dayton, Ohio. Outside of school, Mrs. Anderson teaches Religious Education at her home parish, St. Michael’s Church in Smithfield. In her free time she enjoys zumba, crafting, kayaking and the outdoors.
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Web page: Mrs. Anderson – Kindergarten
Mrs. Stephanie Palmisano – Kindergarten Aide
Mrs. Stephanie Palmisano is our Kindergarten Aide. Mrs. Palmisano joined the OLM team in 2016 as the Daily Building Substitute/Little Saints and Scholars Program Coordinator. She has been in the OLM community for over 25 years. She attended OLM as a child, returned as a student teacher during college and then as a substitute teacher after receiving her degree. Mrs. Palmisano has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from UOP. She enjoys spending all of her free time with her husband, daughter, and friends.
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Mrs. Denise Palizza – First Grade Teacher/Early Childhood Coordinator
Mrs. Denise Palizza is our First Grade teacher. She has been teaching at O.L.M. since 2003. Mrs. Palizza graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics. She received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College. Prior to teaching, she worked in the automobile insurance industry as a data analyst, manager and director. She enjoyed the opportunities and experience her insurance career provided, but left to pursue her passion to teach children. Outside of school, she enjoys sailing, doing crossword and Sudoko puzzles, and spending time with family and friends.
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Web page: Mrs. Palizza – 1st Grade
Mrs. Mary Ryan – Second Grade Teacher
Mrs. Mary Ryan has been teaching at Our Lady of Mercy since 1993. She graduated from Mount St. Joseph College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She has also taught third grade at Western Coventry School and Grades 1-6 at the International Primary School in Madrid, Spain. Mrs. Ryan loves the Wizard of Oz movie and enjoys using that theme as she decorates her classroom each year. She enjoys teaching with her Smart Board utilizing it in all subjects in the second grade curriculum. Outside of school she enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with family, friends and her dogs, Jack and Bailey.
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Web page: Mrs. Ryan – 2nd Grade
Mrs. Jill Hackett – Third Grade Teacher/Intermediate School Coordinator
Mrs. Jill Hackett is a 3rd-grade teacher and has been a classroom teacher for 24 years. She has been teaching at OLM School for the past 13 years. Mrs. Hackett has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Rhode Island and is a certified teacher in the state of RI. She enjoys skiing, sailing, yoga, gardening, and reading. When Mrs. Hackett is not at school she loves spending time with her family and two dogs.
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Web Page: Mrs. Hackett – 3rd Grade
Ms. Jean Perretta – Third Grade Teacher
Jean Perretta is one of our 3rd grade teachers and has been a member of the faculty at Our Lady of Mercy for over twenty years. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College, having received both a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education/Special Education and a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities. She has served at Our Lady of Mercy as Resource, First Grade, Third Grade, Fifth Grade and Kindergarten teacher. She also worked in an administrative role for two years.
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Web page: Ms. Perretta – 3rd Grade
Mrs. Cathy Turchetta – Fourth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Cathy Turchetta teaches 4th grade at Our Lady of Mercy. She graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Elementary Education and Psychology. She received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University. In her free time, Mrs. Turchetta enjoys skiing and playing tennis. Mrs. Turchetta taught for seven years before she stayed home to raise a family. She has returned to the academic field now that her four children are grown.
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Web page: Mrs. Turchetta – 4th Grade
Mrs. Donna Beaulieu – Fifth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Donna Beaulieu is a part of our Fifth Grade team. She has been teaching at Our Lady of Mercy School since 1997. She was the Music teacher at St. Brendan, St. Philip and Sacred Heart School prior to arriving at OLM. Mrs. Beaulieu graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She continued her studies at Roger Williams University and completed the Teacher accreditation requirements for Elementary and Early Childhood Education Certification. She earned her Master of Early Childhood Education Degree at Rhode Island College. Mrs. Beaulieu enjoys spending time reading and doing puzzles, gardening and going for walks with her dogs Rosie and Snoopy.
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Web page: Mrs. Beaulieu – 5th Grade
Mrs. Jennifer Nygren – Fifth Grade Teacher
She received her undergraduate degree from Fairfield University, and her Master of Arts and Teaching in Elementary Education from Roger Williams University. She is an active member of Saint Gregory the Great Church where she has served as a Eucharistic Minister and religious education teacher.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons.
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Web page: Mrs. Nygren – 5th Grade
Mrs. Kathleen Kerin – Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Mrs. Kathleen Kerin joins the OLM middle school team as an English teacher. Mrs. Kerin has taught in Catholic grade schools and public secondary schools. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Christendom College and has done graduate work at the Notre Dame Catechetical Institute and Providence College. She has been a parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Church since 1995 and has regularly volunteered as a teacher in the Religious Education Program. She co-chairs our diocesan Days of Evangelization. Mrs. Kerin and her husband Mark are parents of three grown children. Mrs. Kerin enjoys reading, swimming, biking and being with her family.
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Ms. Paula Noll – Middle School Math Teacher
Ms. Paula Noll teaches Middle School Math. She has been teaching at Our Lady of Mercy School since 2004. Ms. Noll is a graduate of Keene State College in NH and achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Elementary Education. She previously taught for twenty-eight years in the New Hampshire public school system before moving to Rhode Island. Outside of school Ms. Noll is an avid sports enthusiast.
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Dr. Deborah Husak – Middle School Science Teacher
Dr. Deborah Husak joins the middle school team as the science teacher. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Michigan State University and her Medical Doctorate at Wayne State University. After completing her residency in family practice she served for four years as a medical officer in the U.S. Coast Guard where she met her husband, a career officer. After leaving the Coast Guard, Dr. Husak began volunteering and substitute teaching in every school her two children attended and discovered that she sincerely enjoyed and had a talent for teaching. When her husband was assigned to Rhode Island in 2007, they decided to stay and Dr. Husak was able to pursue her love of teaching by attending the University of Rhode Island where she completed her Masters in Secondary Science Education. Dr. Husak sings in her church choir and enjoys reading, hiking and having fun with her family.
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Web page: Dr. Husak-Middle School Science
Mr. Ryan Cleary – Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Mr. Cleary was raised on the campus of a boarding school named Suffield Academy in northern Connecticut, where his dad is a teacher. After graduating from high school at Suffield, he went on to attend the University of Notre Dame for both of his undergraduate and graduate studies. While at Notre Dame, he majored in American Studies and worked in the sports information office. As a graduate student, Mr. Cleary was a member of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program. During his time in this service through teaching program, he earned his master’s degree in education while teaching middle school social studies in McAllen, Texas at Our Lady of Sorrows School. After three years in Texas, Mr. Cleary moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he taught at All Saints Catholic School for five years. He is an avid sports fan who roots for his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish and New York Yankees.
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Mr. William Lippe – Middle School Theology Teacher
Mr. William Lippe joins the Middle School team as the Theology teacher and Coordinator of Student Activities. Most recently Mr. Lippe served as the Head of School at St. Joseph of Cluny Sisters’ School in Newport, RI and previously as Headmaster of St. Michael the Archangel High School in Fredericksburg, VA. From 2002 until 2010, he was a member of the faculty of the prestigious St. Anselm’s Abbey School in Washington, DC. At St. Anselm’s, he served as a Religious Studies Teacher, Director of the Christian Service Program, Religious Studies Department Chair, and Head of Middle School. Mr. Lippe is a native of Rhode Island having grown up in West Warwick. He received his B. S. in Management at Babson College in Wellesley, MA and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from the Christendom Graduate School in Alexandria, Virginia. After college he served for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal in Western Africa. He and his wife and three children reside in Newport, RI and are parishioners at Holy Ghost Church in Tiverton, RI.
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Web page: Mr. Lippe – Middle School Theology
Mrs. Christie Cambio – Library Teacher
Mrs. Christie Cambio is the Library teacher. She is originally from Connecticut. Mrs. Cambio has earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She began her teaching career in 1999 in North Haven, CT as a 4th grade teacher. After getting married in 2003, she and her husband lived in MA, CA, and NY. In those states she taught grades 1, 2 and 3. In 2008 she welcomed her first daughter and in 2011, her second daughter. Mrs. Cambio spent seven years at home with her girls and is thrilled to step back into her role as library teacher at OLM. Mrs. Cambio love children’s books, photography, and anything that allows her to be crafty and creative. When her nose is not in a book, you can find her at Crossfit, playing with her daughters or baking chocolate chip cookies. When you see her, tell her the name of your favorite book.
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Web page: Mrs. Cambio – Library
Mrs. Donna Campbell – Art Teacher
Donna Campbell is our part-time art teacher since 2001. Prior to that she worked at ABC News in Washington DC as a librarian and taught K-12 Art in various schools in three states. She holds a Masters degree in Art Education and is married with two adult children and a new son-in-law. In her free time she enjoys traveling, biking, kayaking and most outdoor activities. You might see her walking or biking around the East Greenwich community, so please say hello.
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Web page: Mrs. Campbell – Art
Mrs. Bea Lukens – Computer Science and Engineering Teacher/Technology Coordinator
Mrs. Bea Lukens is the Computer Science and Engineering teacher. A second career educator, Mrs. Lukens earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix in 2013. She has worked in both the Westerly and North Kingstown School Districts. She taught 4th grade and received two grants for technology in Westerly. In North Kingstown, she introduced Google Classroom and Programing into both 4th and 5th grade classes. This summer she taught Computer Coding to students aged 8-14 years at CCRI’s Kids College. She volunteers at the Tech Collective, participating in the GRRL Tech event, Skills USA event for Chariho’s IT and WebDesign students, and the Nationwide Hour of Code initiative. A supporter of the Arts, she volunteers at the Odeum Theater and in the Art Masters program at OLM. She spends much of her free time with her family skiing in the winter and swimming in the summer. Mrs. Lukens has been part of the OLM family as a parent for the past 6 years and is the proud mother of two boys 9 and 12.
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Mrs. Nonetta Ruggerio- Music Teacher
Mrs. Nonetta Ruggerio has a Bachelor’s Degree from R.Melikyan Music College, Master’s degree from Armenian State Conservatory.Past workplaces:Professor of Music(piano performance) at Armenian State Conservatory,Pianist,accompanist at Armenian National Theater of Opera and Balet.Some Catholic schools of RI since 1999,and currently serves on Faculty of Our Lady of Mercy, St. Peter schools and RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School.RI Professional Certification in Music Education. Member of RIMEA(RI Music Educators Association) and NAFME(National Association of Music Education).
My teaching philosophy is to provide students with understanding and exposing children to music education.Help them to connect through music to their selves and their societies.Be able to create, perform and connect the music to other disciplines in order to create a bigger picture.
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Web page: Mrs. Ruggerio – Music
Mr. David T. Stefanik- Physical Education Teacher
Mr. David T. Stefanik is the Health and Physical Education teacher. He has been teaching at OLM School since 2010. Mr. Stefanik graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education. He has completed his Master’s Degree in Guidance from Providence College. He has served on the board of directors for the Woonsocket North Stars Hockey Program, East Woonsocket Little League Program, and the Woonsocket Parks and Recreation Program. He has a playfield that he helped create, named in his honor, at the Leo A. Savoie Elementary School in Woonsocket.
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Web page: Mr. Stefanik – Physical Education
Mrs. Wendy Russell – Spanish Teacher
Mrs. Wendy Russell joins the OLM Cultural Enrichment team as the Spanish teacher. Mrs. Russell will be teaching Spanish to grades 1 through 8. She taught at LaSalle Academy High School for almost 10 years beginning in 2001 and for the last 3 years has been teaching Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Rhode Island. She completed her undergraduate degree in Spanish at Rhode Island College and completed her Master’s Degree in Spanish at the University of Rhode Island. She and her family are parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church in Cranston. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time cooking for family and friends and traveling. Her hobbies include reading, writing poetry, photography, drawing/artwork and painting, gardening and enjoying time with her two young boys.
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Mrs. Cheryl Xavier – Academic Support Coordinator
Mrs. Cheryl Xavier is the Academic Support Coordinator. Mrs. Xavier received her undergraduate degree from Providence College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching for the University of Rhode Island. For 26 years, she was a teacher in the Narragansett School district working with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade in the areas of both Special and Regular Education. In addition, she held leadership positions as Grade Level/Department chairs and the district’s Mentor Coordinator for new teachers in Narragansett. She is a member of St. Francis Parish and has served as an Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion and Religious Education teacher. Mrs. Xavier lives in Wakefield and enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, cooking, and floral arrangement.
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Mrs. Kristin Mitchell – Little Saints and Scholars Program Coordinator
Mrs. Kristin Mitchell received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Special Education from Salve Regina University in 2006. After graduation she and her husband moved to Nashville, Tennessee. While in Tennessee she taught third grade, English Language Learners and was elected the head of the third grade team. Mrs. Mitchell is a tenured teacher with a variety of teaching and leadership experience. She briefly left the education field to raise her son before returning to education to join the OLM team. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her son, husband, family and friends.
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Sister Lourdes de Leon, FAS
Sister Lourdes de Leon, FAS was born in the Philippines. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1987 from St. Anthony’s College in the Philippines. She has been in mission at the Diocese of Providence since 1989. She became a perpetually professed member of the Franciscan Apostolic Sisters on May 18, 1998. Sr. Lourdes will always be happy and willing to be at the service of every person in the Parish community as God’s humble servant.
Sister Emma R. Salvador, FAS
Sr. Emma R. Salvador, FAS was born in Cagayan Valley in the Philippines in 1971. She grew up in St. Joseph the Worker Parish. She was educated at St. Paul University Tuguegarao, Cagayan in Dietetic Technology (1990) and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from St. Anthony’s College Cagayan Valley. Sr. Emma joined the Franciscan Apostolic Sisters in November 1991 and became a Perpetually Professed member of the FAS on May 18, 2003. She came to serve in the USA in 1994 -1995. She went back to the Philippines to finish her formation. From 1996 through 2014 she served in different missions and places responding to the call to be all, to all, for every need, for the greater glory of God. In 2014 Sr. Emma was assigned to Precious Blood Parish in Woonsocket until September 2015 when she joined the Our Lady of Mercy family where she enjoys spending time with the children at lunch and during the Little Saints and Scholars after school program.