60th Jubilee-Sister Dolores Mitch, M.M.

Mitch, DoloresSister Dolores Mitch, M.M. from Missoula, MT will be celebrating her 60th Jubilee this year.

Sister Dolores Mitch was born in Missoula, Montana and educated in Catholic schools there. After attending Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, she joined Maryknoll in 1958. Assigned to the Philippines in 1963, Sister Dolores served in two Maryknoll Sisters’ high schools in Lipa City Batangas and Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte.

Sister Dolores also was missioned in two Muslim communities in Mindanao, first at the University of Notre Dame in Cotabato City among Muslim and Christian students and then as Chairperson of Education in Notre Dame of Jolo College, Jolo, Sulu, a predominantly Muslim area. In both schools she supervised the students in their practice teaching as well as teaching professional subjects and English.

Leaving formal education in 1984, Sister Dolores became Executive Secretary of the Sisters Association in Mindanao (SAMIN) based in Davao City. SAMIN is an organization of Sisters from different religious communities who work among the poor. “This was a particularly rich time of my life where I was challenged to develop skills and abilities I didn’t know I possessed! Going to many places in Mindanao, meeting the Sisters in our association as well as the people they worked with taught me so much!”

For ten years Sister Dolores lived at the Maryknoll Sisters Ecological Center, Baguio City, Luzon, while she led Intensive Journal workshops for groups of religious, teachers, seminarians and lay people, in the area of personal development and spiritual growth.

In 2007, she was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center as Communications Manager, where she led intensive journal workshops several times a year.  In 2013, Sister Dolores was assigned to our center in Monrovia, CA to assist the elderly Sisters.