Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ALMA, Mich. – Sister Maureen (Bernadette Elizabeth) McDonald, a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, died March 24.

She was born on Aug. 2, 1920, one of 13 children of John and Jennie McDonald of Kawkawlin, Mich.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy in Detroit in 1944 and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 16, 1950. A founding member of the Sisters of Mercy of Alma, she contributed greatly to the life and stability of the community until her death.

Sister Maureen graduated in 1941 from Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids. She earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from St. Louis University in 1960 and worked in supervisory and administrative positions in hospitals in Michigan.

From 1977-81, Sister Maureen was the administrative supervisor at the Adult Ambulatory Care Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. She had lived in recent years in the convent of the Sisters of Mercy in Bethlehem, where she was an active member of Nativity Parish. until moving to the motherhouse in January 2009.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 31 at the motherhouse chapel. Burial was in St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in DeWitt, Mich.