About 140 Franciscan Sisters have participated in the growth and development of the North American Province. The Sisters who led the order from its headquarters in France had an impact through the Sisters they missioned to Louisiana.
Sister Agnes Marie Fitzsimons, a native of Northern Ireland came to Louisiana in 1966 as the administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Under her leadership, Our Lady of Lourdes grew to serve the entire Acadian region. Her passion for serving others through health and education has influenced Louisianians and continues through the Sister Agnes Marie Fitzsimons Endowed Chair in Gerontology.
-from Lafayette, by Jean Kiesel
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