Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ, ’44 passed away Sunday, October 16 at Carondelet Village in St. Paul. She was 99 years old.
A convert to Catholicism while in college, Mary Madonna majored in sociology and psychology and graduated from what was then the College of St. Catherine in 1944. She went on to study for her Masters of Social Work from St. Louis University, then became a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet and began her career in medical social work (then a new field) at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul. After obtaining a Master of Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota, she moved into administration at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis where she ultimately served as president and CEO for 20 years.
October 19th, 2022