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Sr. Elizabeth Donahue, 89, Of Maryknoll, Educator And Administrator

Sr. Elizabeth Donahue
Sr. Elizabeth Donahue Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

OSSINING,  N.Y. -  Sister Elizabeth Donahue of Maryknoll died Jan. 10. She was 89.

Sr. Donahue was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Waterbury, Conn., to John and Loretta Murphy Donahue, she entered Maryknoll at their Motherhouse in Maryknoll, from Immaculate Conception Parish, Hartford, Conn.,, Sept. 4, 1948, and made her final vows in Manila, the Philippines March 7, 1954. She had been a Maryknoll Sister for 65 years She was a 1970 graduate of Fordham University, Bronx, where she earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology, she also held an M.A. in social psychology from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines (1963) and a B.A. in social science from William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va., (1946). She was also a 1941 graduate of Waterbury Catholic High School, Waterbury, Conn., and a 1937 graduate of St. Mary’s Grammar School, also in Waterbury. Prior to entering Maryknoll, Sr. Donahue worked for the Girl Schools, first at the group’s Camp Edith Macy, Pleasantville, from 1945 to 1947, then at its Pernian Basin Area office, Pecos, Texas, from 1947 to 48.  She also worked at the Waterbury Girls Club, Waterbury, Conn., in physical education from 1946 to 1947. Sr. Donahue’’s first assignment with Maryknoll was in the congregation’s Mission Awareness Office, from 1948 to 1953, and was sent overseas for the first time, teaching at Maryknoll College, Quezon City, the Philippines, from 1953 to 1965. She then returned to the Motherhouse, teaching at Mary Rogers College until 1970.  She was then named central personnel director for the congregation, a position she held until 1973, followed by director of Enrollment for Maryknoll School of Theology from 1974 to 1989. From 1990 to 2002, she spent time in her home parish in Hartford. She retired to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, in 2002. A Vesper service will be held for Sister Donahue Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 4:15 p.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Both will be held in the Annunciation Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. Burial will be in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery at Maryknoll.

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