Sister Frances Marie Kriley, formerly Sister Mary Luke, entered religious life from St. Mary parish in Herman, Pa. She credits her brother, as well as relatives in the Community, with influencing her decision to become a Sister.
She was a teacher in the early part of her ministry (1959–74), but her ministry turned from caring for little ones to caring for the elderly. She ministered as a nursing assistant at Divine Providence Hospital in Pittsburgh (1982–1996), at that time, owned and operated by the Sisters of Divine Providence. She also served as an aide at Marion Hall Home Personal Care Home (formerly Mount Assisi Academy) in Bellevue (1996–98). Since 1998, she has ministered as a resident aide (now part time) at Vincentian Assisted Living in Pittsburgh.
Sister Frances Marie says, “I could fill a book of my stories in hospital work. The last words my Dad said to me were, ‘Go back and be good to the elderly, but don’t forget the young.’ Those words energize me to this day.”