SR. CAROL ANN KANE, FMM (M. Gabrielle Annunciata)
Sr. Carol Ann Kane was born in Boston, MA, December 7, 1939, the eldest of two children. As
a child Carol enjoyed playing with her younger brother, Bob, outdoors often and their neighbors
were friendly. After public elementary school, Carol attended a large regional high school as
she had won four year scholarship there. After this, Carol attended Emmanuel College, in
Boston, majoring in Biology and Chemistry in a pre-medical stream.
It was in a chemistry lab that Carol met two FMM—one from China and one from the
Philippines. There in lab, Carol met a few FMM from China and the Philippines but didn’t really
know them personally until one asked her to take her to Fruit Hill for a retreat .After that, Carol
attended a Vow Ceremony. Carol was very impressed by the life the sisters lived and asked to
join the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. She entered the FMM at Fruit Hill, September 15,
1959 and the novitiate, March 19, 1960. After first vows, September 17, 1962, Carol studied at
Teacher Ed at RI College and was missioned to Espiritu Sancto Community and School to
teach 4 th Grade. Carol says that after this first experience, she discovered that she loved
After her final vows on September 17, 1965, Carol was missioned to Singapore, South East
Asia, where she taught Ethics in the FMM High School, ran the Catholic Center and worked at
Franciscans International. Returning to the USA in 1966, she was missioned to study for a
degree in theology and religious studies at Providence College. Carol’s next mission sending
was to the novitiate community which was temporarily at Bell Street. She served as Religious
Education Coordinator in Warwick, RI and with the novices in Bell Street. In 1977, Carol
participated in the Focus on Leadership program in Denver, where she was trained to give
retreats and spiritual direction, to be part of a formation team and a local superior. She also
spent time on mission in Roslyn, NY and Brighton, MA.
In 1993, Carol was missioned to Kenya, East Africa where she gave courses in the international
novitiate and some seminaries and did programs for Silver and Golden Jubilarians. She worked
with several provinces of religious women giving days of prayer and retreats, both in Kenya and
Ethiopia at Jesuit Retreat Houses there. In 1994 Carol was missioned to do this with our own
FMM novices. Carol had a special love for Africa and even her e-mail address since then has
been “Kenya Kane”.
Carol returned to the USA due to illness. After her recovery, she was missioned to our new
foundation in Brighton, MA with a community full of lively FMM students. She continued with her
retreat and spiritual direction work. Her love for reading, music, and bird-watching continued
until she was missioned to Fruit Hill and then, to Ein Karim. Carol said she has always been
grateful for the life and experiences God has given her and found strength in the mottos of Ecce
and Fiat like watch words until today.
Carol went home to God, December 28, 2021. Funeral and Burial Services are private.
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