Sister Donna Schmitt
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Sr. Donna Schmitt entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1947. Her first vows were professed in 1950.
Sr. Donna attended Ottumwa Heights and received an associate’s degree in elementary education. She received bachelor degrees in elementary education and English from Marycrest College in Davenport and a master's in science education from the University of Wisconsin. Sr. Donna’s ministry of teaching started at St. Austin in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She taught in Iowa in elementary schools in Melrose, Ottumwa, Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, and at Sacred Heart and St. Theresa Schools in Des Moines.
In early 1986 Donna moved to Davenport where she coordinated Seeds of Hope, a Humility of Mary volunteer program, and served as the coordinator of Humility of Mary Center. In 1991, while continuing with the Seeds of Hope program, she returned to Des Moines where she was hired as an apartment manager for Anawim Housing. She was a member of New Hope, an experimental community consisting of a group of sisters and volunteers who were active in a variety of ministries in the RiverBend neighborhood of Des Moines. Donna especially enjoyed sharing art activities with children and adults and working with a federal program that provided employment for the mentally handicapped. Now retired and living in Davenport at Humility of Mary Center, Sr. Donna volunteers and is active in a ministry of prayer and witness.