Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

EAST HAVEN – Sister M. Ancilla Donahue, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy, died Aug. 10, 2010, at the Sister Anne Virginie Grimes Health Center in New Haven.

She was 92 years old and a member of her congregation for 74 years.

She was born Aug. 18, 1917, in Waterbury, a daughter of the late James F. and Katherine (McGrath) Donahue. She is survived by her sister, Katherine M. Flannery of West Haven; her community of sisters; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and great-grandnieces. She was predeceased by two brothers, Tom and Jim Donahue.

Sister Ancilla received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Diocesan Teachers’ College in Putnam and a Master of Arts degree from Providence College.

She taught for many years at St. Vincent de Paul School in East Haven, and then became the director of religious education. In 1979, she became the religious education director for St. Rose Parish in New Haven.

During her years in teaching ministry, she also was at Sacred Heart in Bloomfield as well as in Willimantic, Baltic and Greenwich.

After retiring in the mid-1980s, she volunteered at the Fair Haven Soup Kitchen and the East Haven Food Pantry. In 2004, she moved from the Sisters of Charity Residence at 87 Gerrish Ave. to the Grimes Health Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Church on Aug. 13. Burial followed at All Saints Cemetery. Donations may be made to the SCMM Retirement Fund, 32 Tuttle Place, East Haven, CT 06512.