Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 26, 2018

MARYKNOLL, N.Y. – Maryknoll Sister Elizabeth Donahue, a native of Waterbury, died on Jan. 10, 2014, at Maryknoll Sisters Home Care IV in Maryknoll. She was 89.

A memorial Mass for Sister Elizabeth was celebrated on Feb. 10 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1924, in Waterbury, the daughter of the late John and Loretta Murphy Donahue. She entered Maryknoll at the motherhouse in Maryknoll on Sept. 4, 1948, and made her final vows in Manila, the Philippines, on March 7, 1954.

Sister Elizabeth graduated from schools in Waterbury before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va., in 1946, a Master of Arts degree in social psychology from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines in 1963 and a doctorate in educational psychology from Fordham University in the Bronx.

Sister Elizabeth first worked in the congregation’s Mission Awareness Office, from 1948-53. She then was sent overseas for the first time, to teach at Maryknoll College in Quezon City, the Philippines, from 1953-65.

She then returned to the motherhouse, where she taught at Mary Rogers College in Maryknoll until 1970. She then spent three years as the central personnel director for the congregation before being appointed as director of enrollment for Maryknoll School of Theology in 1974.

From 1990-2002, Sister Elizabeth spent time at the former Immaculate Conception Parish in Hartford, caring for family members, helping plan the parish’s 150th anniversary celebration, coordinating its eucharistic adoration program and working with groups of children who suffered losses through divorce, separation or death. She retired to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll in 2002.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 16 in Annunciation Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. Burial was in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery at Maryknoll.