Sr. M. Damon Nolan MFIC January 21, 1942 - June 5, 2021


Sr. M. Damon Nolan MFIC, of Newton, a beloved member of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters for fifty-nine years, died Saturday, June 5, 2021.

Predeceased by her parents, Walter and Mary (Fitzherbert) Nolan, brother James Nolan, sister-in-law Louise Finneran Nolan and brother-in-law Brad Hatch. Loved by her siblings Walter and Maureen Nolan of Dover, Mary Hatch of Marshfield, Paul and Marie Nolan, Ft. Myers, FL, Ann and Kevin Mitchell of West Roxbury. Sr. M. Damon is also survived by many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family, friends and her Missionary Franciscan Sisters.

She was a dedicated educator, as both a teacher in parochial schools (St. Mary of the Eternal School, Philadelphia, PA; St. Clare High School, Roslindale, MA) and as a Principal of Mount Alvernia High School in Newton, MA from 1972-1980.

After transferring to Bolivia in 1980, Sr. M. Damon continued her ministry of education and became a Founder and Administrator of Unidad Academica Campesina, a school located in Carmen Pampa, Bolivia from 1995-2008.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Chapel at Mount Alvernia Convent, 790 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458 on Friday June 11 at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visitation will be held in the Chapel on Thursday June 10, 4-8 PM with a Prayer Service at 6:30PM.  Masks are required for attendance at both the Visitation and the Mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Memorial donations may be sent to Sister M. Damon Nolan Memorial Fund, c/o Carmen Pampa Fund, P.O. Box 131145, Saint Paul, MN 55113,

Thursday June 10, 2021
4:00-8:00PM with a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM
Chapel at Mount Alvernia Convent
790 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday June 11, 2021
Chapel at Mount Alvernia Convent
790 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458

Friday, Time TBA
Holy Cross Cemetery
175 Broadway
Malden, MA 02148


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    Pam heslin says

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Sr Damon. She was part of our families as Aunt Theresa was to your family. May she rest in Peace. No more suffering. Love you Sr Damon

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    Kate Cronin says

    Sr. Mary Damon Nolan was always giving. She help my mom when her mother stroked. I was 6 months old when Cathy started taking care of me. My love affair started then. I waited for her every day for her return from St. Clares. She was my world. When she entered the Convent I thought my world imploded. But every time she came home for a visit I was there to welcome her. She became my teacher and later principal at St. Clares. Through my entire life I loved her. I was so very proud of all her works. I knew when she returned from Bolivia that she left a huge part of her heart there. Last Saturday I sensed she understood my life and love for her and sensed she loved me too. Today I found out that she passed and now realize how much she loved me back. Forever. Katie Cronin

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    Gerry Dolan Foley says

    I shared a childhood on Mendum Street with Cathy, and with Jimmy. There was often a bit of devilment to include a one time, unsanctioned walk through the Arboretum down to Forest Hills to eat at her father’s restaurant. God rest Sr. Mary Damon Nolan now after her years of good deeds and achievements in the religious.

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    Manuel Gonzales says

    Hermana Damon, Dios te tenga en un lugar privilegiado no solo por todo lo que hiciste por muchos jóvenes Bolivianos, sino por el ser humano que eras, agradezco a Dios q me Dejo conocerte y poder oírte, tu fuerza todo lo que representabas, esta en la semilla que dejaste en cada vida q pudiste tocar…. Todos los Bolivianos q pudimos conocerte nos sentimos hoy Orgullosos de decirte ….Gracias, Gracias por tanto, soy orgulloso de ser parte de tu proyecto Carmen Pampa, hoy cumpliendo tu Visión y Misión… un apretón fuerte de manos como te caracterizaba, hasta pronto querida Hermana.

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    Mary Foley says

    Sister Damon was my inspiration. As my chemistry and physics teacher at St. Clare High School, she instilled a love of science that carried me throughout my professional career. She had only just arrived at St. Clare’s and had to learn to say “sugar” instead of the less than sisterly alternative when frustrated. She was just genuine. She was just a wonderful woman.

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    Peggy Lynch says

    Sister Damon was a woman with extraordinary gifts of faith, vision, leadership, and hospitality which she used to great advantage, especially for the poor. She inspired me and challenged me and I loved her for it. It was the privilege and honor of a lifetime to know her and to work alongside her at the University in Carmen Pampa. May she enjoy her well-deserved rest in peace!

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    Audrey Kelly says

    So sorry to hear of sister Damon’s passing. Sister was by far the most influential person to touch my life. I’ve continued to think of her and what she taught me my entire life. God Bless.

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    Anonymous says

    A unique lady who lived the Christian principles of charity, and love for all. She was such a great friend and giver of hope in all her actions. She will be missed by her sisters, the Bolivians as well as me. Vince Kensil

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    Bill Bronn says

    More than once I quoted this passage to Sr. Damon. God can and does stand this world on its head to make His teachings clear through His prophets and saints!
    Galatians 4:27 (NRSV)
    27 For it is written,
    “Rejoice, you childless one, you who bear no children,
    burst into song and shout, you who endure no birth pangs;
    for the children of the desolate woman are more numerous
    than the children of the one who is married.”

    Bill Bronn, a Carmen Pampa Supporter.

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    Chulumani Manta says

    Dios te tenga en su Gloria hermana!! Los que quedamos te vamos a extrañar!!! Mucho siempre.

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