Sister M. Carmen (Davy), CSC, who currently serves in the ministry of prayer, will be honored on July 21, 2019, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Ind., for her 75 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.
Sister Carmen shared her gift for teaching throughout her life of ministry. She began her career teaching elementary students at St. Alphonsus School, Fresno, Calif., where she served for five years. She went on to minister for four years at Saint Mary’s Campus School, Notre Dame. Sister Carmen served for 20 years in Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan). She taught at Holy Cross College and at an elementary school in Dhaka. During her 10 years as Area superior, she also engaged in social service work and taught religion at Holy Rosary Orphanage, Dhaka. After spending time in Asia, Sister Carmen returned to Saint Mary’s to serve as the Congregation’s mission and apostolate abroad program coordinator for five years. Beginning in 1974, she served for 16 years at the Sisters of the Holy Cross Mater Ecclesiae Center, Tiberias, Israel. There she taught scripture and served as spiritual director for seven years. While serving as director of the center, she also held the position of Area superior, a role she fulfilled for seven years. Sister Carmen also guided formation programs and served as novice director at the center. Returning to Bangladesh in 1993, she continued her work in formation and served in parish ministry at Corpus Christi Convent, Jalchatra, Tangail. For three years in Shillong, Meghalaya, India, as a tutor, formator and religious studies teacher, Sister Carmen helped guide young women interested in pursuing a religious vocation.
Sister Carmen was born in Los Angeles, Calif. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Saint Mary-of-the-Wasatch, Salt Lake City, Utah, and a Master of Arts from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sister Carmen made her initial profession of vows on February 2, 1944, and her perpetual profession on August 15, 1947.
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