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Mary T. Donohue, CSJP (1923 - 2018)

Mary Theresa Donohue, born on March 14, 1923 in Saddle River, New Jersey, was the seventh child of John and Kathryn Donohue. Mary had three sisters: Helen, Margaret and Rita. She also had four brothers: John, Andrew, William and Thomas. Mary was educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace at St. Luke's elementary and high schools in HoHoKus, NJ. Following high school graduation, Mary was employed by the US Post Office as a postal clerk. She also volunteered to coach the girls' basketball program at St. Luke's high school. At age 24, Mary became a postulant with the CSJP community at St. Michael Novitiate in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. On February 2,1948. She received the Religious Habit and was given the name, Sister Mary John Francis. Her two- year novitiate training continued, and on February 2, 1950, Sr. John Francis pronounced her First Vows.

Following her First Profession, Sr. John Francis was assigned to teach at Our Lady of Peace School in HoHoKus, NJ. Two years later, she was transferred to St. James High School in Penns Grove, NJ. Here, Sr. John Francis taught classes in Math, English and Science for seven years. From 1959 to 1963, she taught classes at Madonna High School in Weirton, West Virginia, She returned to Penns Grove and served as teacher and administrator until 1988. During these busy years of teaching, Sr. John Francis completed studies for a BA in Secondary Education from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and an MA in Education from Duquesne Univ. in Pittsburgh, PA. With the advent of the Second Vatican Council, Sr. John Francis returned to her baptismal name, Mary.

In 1988, Sr. Mary's ministry entered a new direction when she started a four- year term as Congregation Secretary and Treasurer in Washington, DC, Sr. Mary was recognized for her proficiency in driving and her ease in handling the roads of whatever USA State she traveled. At the conclusion of her term in Washington, DC, Sr. Mary accepted a new ministry, Director of St. Mary Residence for women in Jersey City, NJ. For thirteen years, Sr. Mary worked to provide safe affordable housing for low income working women. At age 81, Sr. Mary retired.

On February 1, 2004, Sr. Mary had a stroke and heart attack. In March 2018, she was placed on Hospice Care. She died quietly on April 3, 2018. Her nephew, Fr, Pat Donohue, offered the funeral Mass, Sr. Mary was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters and grandnephews, Jack Oldham and "AJ"Donohue. She was survived by many nieces and nephews

Mary T. Donohue, CSJP (1923 - 2018)

"So Christ is our model and in order to imitate Him we have to do strange things – things that seem almost inexplicable, but at the last days, when our work is taken off the loom of life, we shall see the beauty that comes into our soul by this work."

Mother Evangelista (Honoria Gaffney)