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January 12, 2015

Dominican Nun Named First Female Head of Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities USA has appointed the first woman to lead the church-run social services organization in its 105-year history, announcing Monday that Sister Donna Markham has been selected for the post after a nationwide search.

A clinical psychologist and 10-year Catholic Charities trustee, Sister Markham currently serves as president of the Behavioral Health Institute for Mercy Health and is the former prioress of the Michigan-based Adrian Dominican Congregation. She will take office on June 1, succeeding the Rev. Larry Snyder, who has headed the church-run social services agency since 2005.

"Sister Donna was selected based on her extensive relevant experience, her demonstrated leadership skills and her deep sense of commitment to the poor," said Sister Linda Yankoski, chair of the charity's board.