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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