PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A local post office has been renamed in honor of a deceased Rhode Island nun.
Sister Ann Keefe was a community activist, teacher, and social worker known for her advocacy in areas such as healthcare, education, and non-violence.
Sister Keefe died in January at the age of 62.
She was remembered Sunday as a large crowd, along with the United States Postal Service, arrived at the post office at 820 Elmwood avenue for the renaming.
Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation, spearheaded by U.S. Congressman David Cicilline, pushed the bill through to Congress, which authorized the post office name change.
Congressman Cicilline was also in attendance Sunday, along with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, and members of the Keefe family, with performances by the Saint Michael’s Community Choir and the CityArts Bucket Drummers.
President Obama signed the bill to rename the post office into law in May.