Sister Rose Donohoe CSJP, a native of Aughnaglace, Aughavas, Co Leitrim, recently celebrated a very special achievement, her 75th Jubliee since her profession in the order of the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace.
In a moving ceremony held on June 23 at the Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue, Washington, USA, Sr Rose and six other members of her community marked their various anniversaries from 25 years through to 75 years.
Sr Rose, is one of 14 children born to Patrick Donohoe and Bridget Cooney. She was the fourth oldest of a family which included 10 children who survived childhood including siblings Andrew, Patrick, Michael, Peter, Frank, John Joe, Malachy, Mary (Gormley) and Terrance.
The family were well known locally and were often referred to by their nick-name, the Bone Setter Donohoe’s, in tribute to Patrick Donohoe’s skill in helping to treat broken bones in an era before A&E’s and x-rays.
She joined the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace in Co Down in the mid 1930s and eventually moved to America where she served as a teacher and principal in numerous schools throughout the Northwest and California.
Her passion for education has not been merely confined to her students, Sr Rose has also gone on to achieve her Master’s Degree in Library Science and has also earned a Master of Education in Administration.
From 1984-2007, she was involved in parish ministry and visiting the sick in Puyallup and Tacoma in Washington, USA, where she is known and loved by many.
Since 2007, Sr Rose has lived as part of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace community at St. Mary-on-the-Lake, Bellevue, Washington where she continues her ministry of prayer.
Sr Rose has maintained strong links with her family and although she is the last surviving member of her siblings some of her nieces and nephews to be with her for her special anniversary celebrations.
Her niece Margaret Gormley-Walpole made the journey from Co Leitrim with her husband, Patsy, while Sr Rose’s niece Therese and nephews Michael and Patrick Donohoe, children of her brother Terrance, along with Terrance’s wife, Marie, travelled from Seattle for the occasion.
Special wishes were also sent from her extended family here in Ireland and the US and she is undoubtedly proud that the family home in Aughnaglace continues to remain home to the Donohoe family with her brother, John Joe’s son, Pat Donohoe and his wife Bridget, still residing in Aughavas.
Margaret and Patsy would like to offer a sincere thank you to the Sisters of St Joseph of the Peace in Washington for their hospitality and kindness during their recent visit.