Sister Frances (Fran) Calcaterra

Sister Frances Calcaterra, M.M.

Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center

Sister Fran, from Highland Park, Michigan, entered Maryknoll in 1951. She graduated from Maryknoll Teachers College in 1957. That year, Sister Fran went to Transfiguration School in New York’s Chinatown, where she taught eighth grade for nine years.

Sister Fran moved to Hawaii in 1966. She taught in Maryknoll High School in Punahou. She earned a Master’s of Arts in educational counseling from the University of Hawaii in 1973 and then became a counselor, guidance director, and theology teacher at the high school. She felt called to share life with the poor and moved to Waimanlo to live with native Hawaiians.For four years she worked in a program focused on traditional Hawaiian culture and its values.

Returning to the mainland, Sister Fran joined Our Lady of the Lakes School in Waterford, Michigan. The school has students in pre-school through high school, and Sister Fran is a counselor to them. For the past three years, Sister Fran has knitted caps for the homeless, which her students buy for five dollars. Sister Fran can buy yarn for two more caps with the money from each cap sold. The students sent a large shipment of needed materials to the rescue workers in New York City after the 9/11 tragedy, and today their social outreach goes to Haiti.

In 2015, Sister Fran returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

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