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For many years, Sr. was the principal of
Mt. Alvernia High School here in Newton and St. Monica
School in Methuen.
Sr. Suzanne was born in East Boston. She has been a sister
with the Franciscan order for over 40 years, inspired by the
same order of nuns who taught her at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
grammar school in East Boston. She has a Bachelor's Degree
in history from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and a
Master's Degree in Theology from St. Bonaventure University
in Western, N.Y. She also took courses in administration at
In her years of ministry, she has taught and guided many
people in many ways. While on sabbatical, she spent six
months in a renewal program in Assisi, Italy, and the other half
at the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio,
Texas, learning Spanish.
She has served as Provincial of her Franciscan Order for eight
years, and more recently, she has just completed four years on
the provincial team working with the sisters in the United
States, Canada, Australia, Papua Guinea, Bolivia, and Peru.
The Bible passage she lives by comes from John 14:1, which
reads, "Don't let your heart be troubled." What you are meant
to carry in your heart, at its center is love, the love of God and
the people," she said. Sister Suzanne incorporates her
Franciscan values each day by living the peace prayer of St.
Francis, "He wants us to be a symbol of peace and a sign as to
how the world can come together," she has said. 'I desire only
to walk with God's people.'