Since 1863, (1865 in the United States Province) we have a happy and faithful tradition of Sisters serving throughout the world. As vowed women, we live the gospel in the spirit of Francis of Assisi, drawing our inspiration from the compassionate, redemptive love of Jesus for humanity. We share a community life of prayer, presence, and apostolic activity. Hundreds of our sisters stories can be told; many live on through our presence today and in the hearts of God's children whom we have served. We want to share with you what stories we can, however inadequately, to remember our personal history of evangelization, mission, prayer and love of our Lord and His people.
Many of the Sisters stories have appeared in our newsletter "Echoes" over the years, others will be newly shared. We will feature one sisters story at a time and as we add more, you will find links to archived biographies below.
Sister Ellen Joseph Drury, FMSC
On January 8, 1917 I was born as the fifth child into a family of six - two brothers and three sisters. My
parents were a loving and devoted couple with a strong faith and reliance upon Divine Providence. My
childhood was blessed as I grew up in an atmosphere of family love, security and peace.
My twelve years of Catholic school education were the product of a spirit and self-sacrifice on the part
of my parents. I attended the parochial school of Our Lady of Mercy and Mt. St. Ursula Academy,
both staffed by the Ursuline Sisters. Since my brothers and sisters preceded me with a college
education, I felt it was expected of me. So, I was enrolled in Good Counsel College in White Plains,
NY staffed by the Divine Compassion Sisters. There I pursued a liberal arts program.
Upon graduation from college I taught for four years in St. Angela Merici parochial school. During
these years I was discerning what God was planning for me in the future. It was during this period
that I felt God calling me to religious life. Although God called my sister, Eleanor, to serve Him as an
Ursuline nun, I felt that God was calling me to a Franciscan way of life. It was not by chance that Aunt
Mae (Sister Marcella) was a Franciscan Sister in Peekskill. I had visited her a number of times and,
like her, wished to live my life serving God in the simplicity of the Franciscan Way.
Happily, in 1941, I entered the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Peekskill, NY.
After my period of Formation I was assigned to teach in Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School in
Manhattan. Eight years later I was assigned to St. Joseph's Branch of Cathredral High School in
Greenwich Village where I remained for 19 years.
From there I volunteered as a staff member at Our Lady Queen of Angels Convent where our elderly
ambulatory Sisters lived. Here I was happy that God called me to serve Him by driving the Sisters to
their various appointments. I enjoyed helping with the household duties and remained there for nine
years. Now I find myself called once again to Mt. St. Francis where I am still able to happily perform
community service. As for the future I leave this in God's hands, as he has so lovingly cared for me in
Sister is now retired and serves very well as a loving member of the community. She inspires us all
with her gracious joy and love for all around her. She has many friends and loving relatives who see her often.
Our archived biographies:
Sister Lawrence Marie Hayden, FMSC