Sister Dolores Mitch

Sister Dolores MitchSister Dolores Mitch

Current Mission Location – Maryknoll Sisters Center- Maryknoll, NY

Dolores Mitch was born January 9, 1937 in Missoula, Montana to Anna (Kering) Mitch and Ernest Mitch. She had 1 sister: Anna and 3 brothers: Arnold F. Earnest A. and Joseph E. She was graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, Missoula in 1955.

After attending Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Dolores joined the Maryknoll Sisters December 30, 1958 in their novitiate in Valley Park, MO. She pronounced First Vows August 22, 1961 in Valley Park and Final Vows August 22, 1967 in the Philippines.

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 served 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.

In 1974 she earned a Master of Arts-Education from the Ateneo DeManila, Manila, Republic of the Philippines. In 1975 she returned to the USA to give Congregational Services in Chicago, IL where she gave talks in schools and churches until 1976.

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!”

In 1990, Sister Dolores earned a Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, OH.From 1990 to 1993 she gave Congregational Services in the Development Department at the Center in NY and giving promotion talks in schools and churches in California while living at the Sisters house in Monrovia, CA.

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 in New York, Sister Dolores served in the Communications Office, where she also led intensive journal workshops several times a year. Sister Dolores moved on from Communications Manager to serving our elderly Sisters. In 2013, she moved her ministry to our retirement center in Monrovia, CA.