Sister Beverly Furtado, SUSC

January 24, 1947October 7, 2019

Sister Beverly Furtado SUSC of the Holy Union Sisters, 570 Rock Street, Fall River died October 7, 2019 at the age of seventy-two after a long illness. She was born in Fall River MA on January 24, 1947, the only child of the late Manuel and Mary C. (Pereira) Furtado.

In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, an aunt Alice Cabral, and several cousins survive her. She entered the Holy Union Sisters on September 13. 1964 and pronounced her final vows on August 14, 1976.

Sister Beverly was a graduate of the former Sacred Hearts Academy and received a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University, Washington D.C. She received a certificate from Diman Regional Practical Nursing Program and an Associates’ Degree in Nursing from Massachusetts Bay Community College. Sr. Beverly received a Certificate in Clinic Pastoral Education from Interfaith Health Care, Providence. She taught for a few years in Holy Union schools in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania before beginning nursing training. As a nurse she served at the Holy Union Sisters Retirement Community and St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River. She spent four years in the Holy Union Mission in Cameroon, Central Africa. She served as Novice Director for the Holy Union Sisters in Boston and resumed her nursing duties at the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in Boston from 1987 to 1993. From 1993 to 2003 she served as a crisis intervention nurse at the Brockton Multi-Service Center. From 2003 to 2008 she was a member of the Holy Union Sisters U.S. Province Leadership Team. Following this, she served as a chaplain in two facilities of St. Anne’s Hospital in North Dartmouth and Swansea. Her last ministry was as coordinator for the Holy Union Sisters at The Landmark, Fall River. While illness kept her from full-time ministry, she volunteered at Charlton Memorial Hospital and participated in cancer patient support groups and outreach programs of Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care in Fairhaven.

Her funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Holy Trinity Church, 951 Stafford Rd., Fall River. Burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River. Visiting hours will be Monday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, with a memorial prayer at 6:00 PM, in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St., Fall River. Donations in Sr. Beverly’s memory may be made to HOLY UNION SISTERS, Mission Advancement Office, P.O. BOX 410, MILTON, MA 02186.


  • The late Manuel Tacky Furtado, Father
  • The late Mary C. (Pereira) Furtado, Mother
  • In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, an aunt Alice Cabral, and several cousins survive her.


  • Visiting Hours Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Memorial Prayer Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Sister Beverly Furtado, SUSC

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Beverly Roach

October 11, 2019

I attended SHA with Sister Beverly and entered the Holy Union Sisters on the same day. While I am sure her Sisters will miss her, she is at peace home with our God.
Rest in peace, Bev.

Francine Miranda Russell

October 10, 2019

I am very saddened to see this obituary for Sister Beverly. I am also a graduated of the Academy and remember her. However, she was in my sister, Julia's graduating class. I know Julia would want me to convey condolences for both of us since she is not able to. Rest in Peace. Sincerly, Fran

Mickey Grace Rodgers

October 10, 2019

Family of Sister Beverly,
I was very sorry to see that Sister Beverly had passed. I went to Sacred Heart Academy with her and hadn’t seen her for quite sometime. Just a few years ago I had a sister going through cancer treatments at Charlton where I met Sister Beverly again, we both immediately remembered each other and hugged, that’s when she told me of her illness. Very sorry I will be unable to attend, I will be out of town. May she Rest In Peace and my sincere condolences to her family.
Sincerely, Mickey