Frances Florencourt enjoyed what seemed to her to be an “ordinary” childhood grounded in the Catholic faith that turned out to be rather extraordinary—the four Florencourt sisters all attended prestigious colleges and their first cousin became one of America’s most respected authors. And for many years now, Frances and her family members have given back to the Catholic Church in rather extraordinary ways, including through an endowed fund.
Frances was the youngest of the four sisters, all of whom attended Saint Agnes School in Arlington, MA. Her first cousin—with whom she spent many summer days playing on their family farm in Georgia—would become one of the most influential American authors of our time: Flannery O’Connor, who wrote fiction that reflected her Catholic faith.
Frances recalls fond memories of her parents, Agnes and Frank, whose devotion to the Catholic faith was central to their family life. Catholic education also was a priority. This foundation that Frances’ parents worked hard to provide came to fruition when the girls matriculated to Radcliffe, MIT, Harvard Law and Harvard Divinity School, and Regis College.
In 1998, Frances and her sisters established the Agnes and Frank Florencourt Memorial Endowment Fund in loving memory of their parents to help children in need of tuition assistance at Saint Agnes. Frances contributes generously to her parish and the Catholic Appeal, and serves on the board of the Georgia-based Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation, which is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and appreciation of her cousin’s home. Frances and her one living sister still visit their family farm to this day.