The Elmwood U.S. Post Office in Providence is being officially named for the late Sister Ann Keefe, a beloved Roman Catholic nun who served for more than 30 years at St. Michael the Archangel parish in Providence.
Sister Ann, as she was universally known, died earlier this year after a long battle with brain cancer at age 62.
A native of Warren, Mass., Ann graduated from Our Lady of Elms College and earned a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University. She was a teacher and social worker at Bishop McVinney School and then became a a parish minister at St. Michael’s.
Keefe was the founder or co-founder of nearly two dozen organizations, including the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Providence City Arts, AIDS Care Ocean State and the Community Boating Center. She also served as chairwoman of the Providence Human Relations Commission and was a member of the Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty in Rhode Island.
The ceremonies for the naming will be held Sunday (July 26) beginning at 3 p.m. at the post office. Members of her family are scheduled to attend, as well as U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. David Cicilline and Jim Langevin. The St. Michael's choir is also scheduled to attend.
The post office at 820 Elmwood was named for Keefe after legislation sponsored by members of Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation pushed the bill in the House and Senate. The legislation to rename the post office was signed into law by President Barack Obama on May 22, 2015.