Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Sister Donna Koch

Clare of Assisi modeled prayer and contemplation

Sister Donna Koch

What was your first job before entering community or your first ministry? What did you enjoy about it?
My first job was picking beans in the summer of fourth grade.  I liked being outside, the satisfaction of cleaning the bean bushes and the fun of picking with others.

As Franciscans celebrate 800 years since St. Clare joined St. Francis in following Christ, what one facet of her life would you like more people to know?
Her humanness and her need for prayer and contemplation.  We often put "holy" persons on a pedestal.  If we read the life of Clare we see her humanness and the ways in which she coped with life.  She is one of us!

We often hear the phrase, "We are Easter people." What does it mean to you or how do you live it?
Our life doesn't end in bodily death but transitions into the resurrection mysteries.  Recognizing that this life is temporary we do what we can to be people of peace, hope, new life and compassion for all of creation.

What makes you laugh?
Funny things that I do or say or that happen to me, sitcom or movie, sharing funny stories.

Sister Donna earned a bachelor's degree from St. Norbert College and a master's from Fordham University in New York.  She received training in spiritual direction from the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and she served as a spiritual director at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality in De Pere. Sister Donna holds a certificate in Parochial Diocesan Administration from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and training in Pastoral Counseling Skills from the Albert Cardinal Meyer Institute in Huntington, Indiana. She served two terms as Community President (2009-2017).


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