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Rhode Island Remembers Activist Sister Anne Keefe

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Funeral services for Sister Ann are scheduled for Friday, January 23rd at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Providence. Tributes are pouring in for...

Funeral services for Sister Ann are scheduled for Friday, January 23rd at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Providence.

Tributes are pouring in for Sister Anne Keefe, who died Sunday. She was just 62 years old. Keefe was known for standing for the less fortunate.  She was part of the St. Michael the Archangel church in South Providecnce.  Keefe's work for social justice earned her a mention earlier this month in Governor Gina Raimondo’s inaugural address.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza ordered city flags to fly at half-staff after learning of her death.

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay said Keefe was devoted to many causes.  “She could never say no to any cause of social justice, of helping the poor, of doing just about anything, particularly in the tough South Providence community where she worked all of her life, really,” said MacKay.

He said Keefe became well-known to politicians and others outside the faith community for her advocacy work in Providence.  “If you talk to any political figure in the state, they will tell you one thing about Sister Anne, she wasn’t shy.  No one could say no to her.  When she was trying to raise money for one of her causes, when she was looking for support, she would put the touch on anybody.”

Congressman Jim Langevin said she left an indelible mark on the state. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said Keefe left the world a better place. U.S. Senator Jack Reed said Keefe was an unyielding force for peace and justice.

Among other achievements, Keefe helped found the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence in Providence. She died after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

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Rhode Island Remembers Activist Sister Anne Keefe
Rhode Island Remembers Activist Sister Anne Keefe