Sister Therese Landry, FMM


North Providence, R.I. — Sister Therese Landry, 85, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, died Sept. 18 at the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Residence here.

Before entering the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, she worked as an assistant teacher in a first-grade classroom, assisted in the supervision of children at Mt. St. Francis, was active in the Girl Scouts, and was leader of a Legion of Mary group.

Sister Therese entered the Institute on December 12, 1946, and pronounced her final vows at Holy Family Novitiate. She received her nursing degree from St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing in Brighton, MA.

She served as an assistant group mother and group mother for young children at Divine Providence Shelter and McMahon Shelter (1949-57). After becoming a registered nurse, she served as an operating room staff nurse, operating room assistant and operating room supervisor.

She graduated with a B.S. in nursing from St. Louis University and obtained a Master’s in business administration at Adelphi University, after which she served as the executive director of St. Francis Hospital from 1977 to 1979. While at Roslyn, Sister Therese served on the joint medical nursing practices committee, infection control committee, and the blood bank committee.

After a sabbatical, she was appointed the coordinator and directress of health services in the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Nursing Facility. Subsequent ministries were clinical pastoral care, hospitality for children, care of elderly, and sick sisters.   

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Family Chapel here Sept. 21.