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Remembering Sister Donna Shanahan, CSJ

 Los Angeles Province

Donna Shanahan, CSJ

January 24, 1938 – May 2, 2022

Sister Donna Shanahan entered into eternal life on May 2, 2022 in Bakersfield, California. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 24, 1938 and moved to California with her parents and four older sisters in 1953. Donna entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1959 as part of the Los Angeles Province.

Sister Donna taught in various elementary schools within the province. She moved from teaching to parish ministry in the 1990s. Since 2007, she ministered as a retreat director and spiritual director for two parishes in Bakersfield, California.

Oil painting and water coloring were two of her passions. Her artwork graces many of her friends’ and colleagues’ offices and homes.

May Donna enjoy the presence of the God she loved and spoke of to so many people of the Bakersfield area. May she rest in God’s peace.

Category: Obituaries

2 thoughts on “Remembering Sister Donna Shanahan, CSJ”

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    I will miss you Aunt Donna so much. The last time I saw you was at Moms funeral. You gave me one of your big hugs and said “My sweet Cathy” like you’ve said all through my childhood.

    Now you’re home with God, Grandma, Grandpa, Mom and Daddy. Rest in glorious peace Aunt Donna.

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    Sr Donna was my spiritual director for several years and I will sorely miss her! We shared the same love of art, and she was always so supportive of my latest paintings. May God speed you on your journey, dear friend. Rest In Peace xxx

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