“The people I worked with in the Philippines have enriched my life. What I am today is in large part because I have received so much more than I have given. I experienced not just one culture, but five in the different places and among the peoples with whom I worked.”
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.
At the Maryknoll Sisters Center in New York, Sister Dolores has served in the Communications Office, where she led intensive journal workshops several times a year. Sister Dolores has moved on from Communications Manager to continue serving our elderly Sisters. In 2013, she moved her ministry to our center in Monrovia, CA.