R.I.P Sister Maureen Elizabeth Doonan, O,Carm.

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Sister Maureen Elizabeth O.Carm. was called to her eternal reward unexpectedly on Saturday March 9, 2024 at Mary Manning Walsh Home. She was in the 55th year of her religious life.

Marion Rita Doonan was born on June 16, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY, the first of five children born to the late Francis and Rita (nee McGuiness) Doonan. Her brother, Francis (Frank) and sister, Carol, pre-deceased her. She is survived by her brothers, Joseph and Patrick, and several nieces and nephews.

Having been a Carmelette at the Madonna Residence while in High School, and then employed as a nurse’s aide, Sr. Maureen entered the Community on September 8, 1969, professed First Vows on April 3, 1972, and Perpetual Vows on April 2, 1977. She completed an R.N. Diploma Program and received a BS in Professional Arts in 1978. She also received a Certification in Gerontological Nursing in 1988. Her Missions included Ozanam Hall (1972-1980), St. Rita’s Home (1980-1983), Marian Manor (1983-1988 and 1992-1997), Carroll Manor (1988-1990), Sacred Heart Manor (1990-1992), and Little Flower Manor (1997-1999). In 1999 she received an Obedience to Mary Manning Walsh Home where she served for the past twenty-five years, most recently as the Director of Mission Integration. In the past she held various positions including Director of Nursing, Coordinator of Nursing Services, Director of Quality Assurance, and Assistant Administrator. At various times she had also been appointed Prioress, Assistant Prioress, and Bursar.

Sr. Maureen was blessed with artistic and musical talents and played the melodica in the Community Choir. She was strong-willed and faithful as she courageously carried the cross of illness for many years, during which her love for the aged and for her Community strengthened her spirit of self-sacrifice. Years ago, Sr. Maureen Elizabeth heard the Lord whom she loved say “Take up your cross and follow Me.” Now He has taken the cross from her shoulders and exchanged it for a Crown of Glory!


Friday, March15, 2024

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

First Floor Parlor

Mary Manning Walsh Home

1339 York Avenue

New York, NY 10021


Saturday, March 16, 2024  at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel Burial following the Mass

Mary Manning Walsh Home


Saturday, March 16, 2024  at 2:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, NY 12526