Dominican sister chosen to lead Catholic Charities USA

| January 15, 2015 | 3 Comments
Sister Donna Markham

Sister Donna Markham

Dominican Sister Donna Markham has been chosen to succeed Father Larry Snyder as the new president of Catholic Charities USA.

Sister Donna becomes the first woman to lead Catholic Charities, which was founded in 1910. She takes over June 1 from Father Snyder, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who has returned to take a position at the University of St. Thomas.

Currently president of the Behavioral Health Institute for Mercy Health based in Cincinnati, Sister Donna, a board-certified clinical psychologist, has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit and was named a fellow in the American Association of Clinical Psychologists. Last year, she was awarded the prestigious Harold S. Bernard Training Award from the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

“There can be no greater call than to serve and advocate on behalf of persons who struggle to get by in a world where they are all too frequently relegated to the margins of society and where they long for dignity, hope and compassion,” said Sister Donna in a statement, adding she was “honored and humbled” by her selection. “I feel blessed to walk among the many dedicated Catholic Charities workers across the country who daily make the Gospel come alive through their care for their sisters and brothers in need.”

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  • tschraad

    “There can be no greater call than to serve and advocate on behalf of persons… the margins of society and where they long for dignity, hope and compassion,” said Sister Donna in a statement, ”

    Doesn’t that sound just peachy and give us a good feeling?

    Yet, Catholic Charities just hired a pro-abortion advocate. She ” publicly undermined the bishops’ efforts to prevent abortion coverage in Obamacare-affiliated insurance plans.” “Adding insult to the bishops, the sisters declared that theirs “is the real pro-life stance.” Subsequently, their claims have been proven false by revelations of abortion coverage in Obamacare-funded plans.”

    Yet, she is at odds with the Vatican. ” “She also led an association of women
    religious that was the subject of a recent Vatican investigation”

    Yet, she is at odds with other Sister Religious. “Sr. Markham herself was president of the LCWR in 1991, the same year that Donna Steichen published Ungodly Rage, a devastating exposé of problems in the LCWR and its member congregations.”
    http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/3874/Catholic-Charities-CEO-Was-Georgetown-Leader-Opposed-Bishops-on-Abortion-in-Obamacare.aspx#sthash.GIcfmGDs.dpu

    Cannot the Catholic Church do something about these opponents of our religion when Catholic organizations keep on promoting Catholic enemies. I cannot believe that there isn’t a good Catholic person that would be available to run Catholic Charities. Why would any Catholic support an organization that supports abortion. Markham statement reeks of hypocrisy.

    • Mike Vores

      What else would one expect from the Novus Ordo sect? How does todays leadership differ from the leadership in Christ’s day? They are crucifying His mystical body now. It is a period the Church must pass through.

  • Matt Briel

    I suppose that it’s nice that the diocese wants free speech, but perhaps some of the ranting could be excised. Do we really need to keep the comments from Pope Michael?