Sr. Ellen Sinclair, SDS, is the 2016 recipient of the Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology Dehon Distinguished Ministry Award. Sr. Sinclair is a 2004 graduate of the Master of Arts Program at SHSST. She is vicaress and a member of the Provincial Council of the Sisters of the Divine Savior.
The Dehon Distinguished Ministry Award is presented annually in honor of Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. The award recognizes an alumnus of Sacred Heart who has given distinguished service to the Church and humankind in professional or volunteer endeavors, in leadership, in civic or social work, or in the promotion of intellectual or cultural pursuits.
Sr. Sinclair, who holds a law degree from State University of New York at Buffalo, formerly served with the Tribunals for the Diocese of Phoenix and Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and with Child Support Enforcement for Milwaukee County.
In the summer of 2011, Sr. Ellen travelled to East Africa to engage in the SDS Tanzanian Immersion Program. While there, she witnessed great need at a health center run by Salvatorian Sisters – bare shelves in dispensaries, lack of safe drinking water, classrooms without books, and many local sisters suffering malaria flare-ups. Her participation in international meetings has given Sr. Ellen insight into how Salvatorian Sisters respond to such need all over the world.
She currently is a board member and vice president for UNANIMA International, a non-governmental organization that advocates for women and children, immigrants and refugees, and the environment. UNANIMA members consist of Catholic women religious congregations from around the world and work out of United Nations headquarters in New York.
Additionally, she serves on the boards of, and is involved as a volunteer with, several charitable organizations, including SDS Hope House and Salvatorian Advocacy for Victims of Exploitation.
Prior to becoming a Salvatorian, she worked as a government attorney and served with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps.
SHSST President-Rector Msgr. Ross Shecterle presented the award at the seminary’s annual Awards Dinner on Sept. 28.