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Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, to Retire from Catholic Charities USA in 2023

October 11, 2022, Alexandria, Virginia – Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, recently announced her plans to retire as President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) in the summer of 2023. After serving on its board, she became CEO in 2015, the first woman to lead CCUSA in its 112 years of service.

Currently, CCUSA serves more than 15 million people every year through local agencies across the United States. Ministry areas include food and nutrition, affordable housing, disaster relief, immigration and refugee services, advocacy and social policy initiatives, and social enterprise initiatives. 

Sister Donna led CCUSA through periods of challenge and innovation, as well as during the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her leadership role at the national agency gave Sister Donna numerous opportunities: to accompany Pope Francis during his tour of New York and Washington, D.C., in 2015; to visit the California-Mexico border to learn of the situation and to support Catholic Charities workers; to participate in a meeting of faith leaders with Vice President Kamala Harris; and to speak out on a variety of issues and government policies that affect people living in poverty.

Sister Donna served in numerous leadership roles in the past 40 years. A certified clinical psychologist, she held leadership positions in mental health agencies: the Behavioral Health Institute for Mercy Health, serving Ohio and Kentucky, and Southdown Institute, based in Ontario, Canada, and offering residential treatment for clergy and religious. She served on the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ General Council from 1986 to 1992 and as Prioress of the Congregation from 2004 to 2010.

Read more about Sister Donna’s retirement and her ministry at CCUSA

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Avatar  Joanne Maguire Oppenheimer last monthReply

Dear Sister Donna,
Hi Classmate from Ragina Dominican '64! I am writing to congratulate you on all of your achievements and fabulous work you have accomplished. Here's wishing you a peaceful and fulfilling retirement. (You might even have some time for your art skills.)
Hugs to you and all of the Sisters.

Avatar  Tom Zelinski OFM Cap. last yearReply

Congratulations to Sr. Donna Markham on all her years of service to the People of God.
We were students together at the University of Detroit in the "last century!"
Blessings and Peace, Donna.



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