Sophia Academy lost a dear friend on Sunday, January 18th. Sister Ann Keefe passed away at her home in South Providence. She was a fervent advocate for the disadvantaged. Governor Raimondo, State Senators Reed and Whitehouse, community leaders and others joined in adding their praise for her commitment to social justice and her tireless work to make Providence a better city. There are many organizations that owe their beginnings to her: The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Providence CityArts for Youth and AIDS Care Ocean State. Sophia Academy is proud to be a part of Sister Ann’s good works.
Sophia’s founder, Sr. Mary Reilly assembled a group of women known as the Sisters Collaborative, including Sister Ann. Together, they worked to establish a middle school that celebrates adolescent girls, provides them with a firm academic foundation for high school and life, and provides them with the critical skills necessary to meet the challenges of their world. Sister Ann continued to play an important role in the school’s governance by serving on the board of directors for nine years. Her kindness, wit, energy and passion for helping others made her an exemplar role model for our students. She will be dearly missed. The Sophia Academy of today represents the high ideals of Sister Ann.
Her funeral Mass will take place at St. Michael the Archangel Church at 239 Oxford Street, Providence at 6:00pm on Friday, January 23rd, followed by a reception at the church. A memorial service will take place at Mont Marie Chapel, 36 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke, MA at 11:00am on Saturday, January 24th.
We have moved! Please visit Sophia Academy at our new campus located at 582 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907.