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U.S. House honors late Sister Ann Keefe

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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation honoring the late Sister Ann Keefe, a much beloved Roman Catholic nun and social activist on...

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation honoring the late Sister Ann Keefe, a much beloved Roman Catholic nun and social activist on Providence’s South Side.

The legislation, introduced by U.S.  Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., will rename the U.S. Post Office located at 820 Elmwood Avenue in Providence in honor of Sister Keefe.

A native of Warren, Massachusetts, Keefe served for more than three decades as a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Ministry at St. Michael the Archangel on Providence’s south side.

``Over the course of her life Sister Ann Keefe did so much to stand up for the most vulnerable Rhode Islanders,’’ said Cicilline. ``Our state is stronger today because of her dedication to serving others.’’

Said retired RI Superior Court Judge Frank Darrigan, ``It is a very fitting honor for Sister Ann Keefe.’’

Sister Ann Keefe found more than 22 community organizations, including the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence, Providence CityArts for Youth, and AIDS Care Ocean State.

``Sister Ann touched so many people with her quick wit, smart opinions, and an abiding love of life,’’ said Teny Gross, executive director of the institute. ``She had a deep faith in justice, nonviolence and building the beloved community where everyone had a role to contribute.’’

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., who worshiped for many years at St. Michael and was a close friend of Sister Ann Keefe, has sponsored an identical bill in the U.S. Senate. It is pending before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

U.S. House honors late Sister Ann Keefe
U.S. House honors late Sister Ann Keefe