“My dream for all of Maryknoll is that we continue to encourage and facilitate the presence of missioners in and to our world.”
Sister Ellen McDonald, who entered Maryknoll September 2, 1959 from Syracuse, NY, was elected Vice-president of the Maryknoll Sisters’ Congregation in October 2002. She had been in Bolivia the previous year laying the foundations of a mission promotion and sending organization sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers for Latin Americans.
Sister Ellen began her mission experience in 1965 when she was assigned as personal secretary to the Holy Cross Bishop Marcos McGrath, in the newly created rural Diocese of Santiago de Veraguas in Panama. She later transferred to the Archdiocese of Panama where she was director of the Archdiocesan Vocation and Ministry Department, responsible for the formation of deacons and lay ministers and a special program promoting women in pastoral ministry.
In 1991, Sister Ellen returned to the United States and worked with Maryknoll Father Jim Madden in the founding of the Maryknoll Affiliates, a movement that has seen mushrooming growth. Sister Ellen has an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from LeMoyne College in Syracuse and a graduate degree in theology from the Maryknoll School of Theology.
She then worked in the Maryknoll Sisters Development Department, sharing with donors the first-hand knowledge and experience of her visits to the Sisters missions around the world that our mission partners make possible.
Sister Ellen currently serves as secretary of the Chi-Rho Community at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Ossining, NY.