Sister Donna Pollard, O.P.
Sister Donna was born in Queens, New York and lived with her parents and younger brother and sister in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Sister Donna has fond memories of spending time with her close knit Italian-Irish American family. She loved hearing her grandparents, great aunts and uncles stories and spending time with them. She remembers spending hours outside playing with friends in the neighborhood and looking forward to summer trips to the beautiful beaches on Long Island.
Sister Donna attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine School for grammar school and Bishop Reilly High School and St. Francis Preparatory High School all in New York. “I had wonderful teachers in grammar school and high school, some of whom were/are vowed religious women. They were my role models and mentors.”
Upon high school graduation Sister Donna attended Queens College in New York for two years and then transferred to the University of Houston in 1978. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education in 1980. “I met the Dominican sisters and friars in campus ministry while at the University of Houston. I loved the experience of Dominican men and women working collaboratively in ministry. I immediately felt a connection with the Houston Dominican sisters, especially Sister Mary Grace "Ginger" Peters, who was my mentor and friend.” Sister Donna entered the convent in July 1982.
Sister Donna taught science and coached at St. Pius X High School from 1980-1983. In 1983 she went to work at Ben Taub Hospital serving as chaplain there. During this time she was attending the University of St. Thomas where she received her Clinical Pastoral Education Certificate in 1984.
In 1985 she went back to St. Pius X High School, serving as the Science Department Chair, teacher and coach. During this time Sister Donna also received her Master of Arts in Systematic Theology from Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1988 she served as the Dean of Students, teacher and coach at St. Agnes Academy for three years. In 1994 Sister Donna received her Master of Education in Private School Administration from Boston College.
For 25 years Sister Donna served as Principal and Head of School at St. Pius X. “I have a rich experience, a collection of all of the wonderful relationships that I have formed with students, families and colleagues with whom I have ministered. I have enjoyed and grown from all of my ministerial experiences.”
In 2016, Sister Donna was elected Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Houston and began her ministry on the leadership team in June of that year.
Sister Donna currently lives in Houston and enjoys traveling, sports, cooking, technology and genealogy research.
From notes submitted by Sister Donna Pollard, O.P. June 2014. Updated March 2017.