FLORENCE THERESA DONOVAN is the daughter of John and Loretta Carew Donovan. She was born on April 29, 1927, in Dubuque County, Iowa, the sixth of nine children.
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, earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph, and 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. The scope of her compassionate work included the Christian service commission, food pantry, and parish council. In 2002, Sister Maureen retired as principal of St. James; however, she remained active in parish ministry, serving on the board of Catholic Family Service as well as numerous local and diocesan-wide 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
In May 2023, at a Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw, Sister Maureen was honored by Most Reverend Robert D. Gruss, Bishop of Saginaw, in celebration of her 80th anniversary as a Sister of Charity.
“Today we celebrate the love of a God who says you are mine, the richness of a God who crafts the call to each of us personally, and the grace of a God who has enabled you to be faithful to that call.”
~ Bishop Robert D. Gruss
Sister Maureen Donovan returned to our Lord on the morning of June 26, 2023. In addition to her extended family, she is survived by her companion Sisters of Charity, Sister Julie Gatza, S.C. and Sister Patricia Wlock, S.C.
A Memorial Mass for Sister Maureen was celebrated on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at All Saints Parish – St. James Church with Father Jose Cabrera and Father Stephen Fillion concelebrating. Her final interment was at the Sisters of Charity Cemetery at Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio.