FLORENCE T. DONOVAN is the daughter of John and Loretta Carew Donovan. She was born on April 29, 1927, in Dubuque County, Iowa.
At age sixteen, Florence entered Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, as an aspirant. She professed her final vows to the order of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1950, received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Detroit. Before serving the families of St. James School, Bay City, Michigan, she taught in Cincinnati, Ohio; Fayette, Ohio; Royal Oak, Michigan; Pueblo, Colorado; and Jackson, Michigan.
Sister Maureen arrived at St. James School in 1967 where she served as principal, teacher, and director of religious education in addition to her ministry to the greater parish community, including her work for the Christian service commission, food pantry, and parish council. She also served on the board of Catholic Family Service as well as numerous local and diocesanwide educational committees.
In 2011, the Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, recognized Sister Maureen with the Bishop Murphy Award for a lifetime of generous and loving service to God’s people.
“Sister Maureen has dedicated her entire life to passing on the faith. She has spent decades serving St. James School and Parish in Bay City, in her role as principal, teacher and director of religious education and also in her extraordinary outreach to the community. I am very grateful that Sister Maureen answered God’s call to religious life and that she has used her vocation to live and bear witness to the gospel of Christ in such a generous and loving way.”
~ Bishop Joseph Cistone