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Sister Donna L. Ciangio, OP - Witness Interview

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - Sister Donna Ciangio is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey. She holds a doctorate from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. She is the Director of Church Leadership Consultation and works internationally and nationally in promoting parish vitality and pastoral direction, congregational and leadership development, small Christian communities, and provides consultation and training to parish and diocesan staffs.

For many years, Sister Donna served as the Director of Pastoral Services at the National Pastoral Life Center focusing on formation for pastors, small faith community training, conference development, and diocesan and parish staff consulting and planning services. Sister Donna has also worked in parish pastoral ministry and education ministry in urban and suburban parishes. As the national coordinator and international coordinator of RENEW, a parish renewal process begun by the Archdiocese of Newark, she provided training and support to diocesan and parish leaders in over a hundred dioceses around the world.

Sister Donna serves as the Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, New Jersey. She is an adjunct faculty member in Drew University’s Doctor of Ministry program, is the Chairperson of the North American Forum for Small Christian Communities serving dioceses and parishes in the US and Canada, and a consultant for RCL Benziger Religion Publishing Company. She serves on the Caldwell University Board of Trustees and the Center for Ministry Development.

Sister Donna’s articles have appeared in Today’s Parish, Ligourian, CHURCH Magazine, and in publications from Crossroads, Paulist Press, and St. Anthony Messenger Press and The Parish as a School of Discipleship, in Catechetical Leader, May 2014. Her book for Small Christian Communities , co-authored with Rev. Thomas Iwanowski and published by Ave Maria Press, is “Open Our Hearts: A Small Group Guide for an Active Lent.”