New Britain woman elected to lead religious congregation

Published on Monday, 14 June 2021 11:48
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At a recent special Extraordinary Chapter of Elections, Sister Mary Janice Zdunczyk was chosen as Superior General of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Mother Mary Janice was elected by her Sisters in Community to the leadership position following the death of Mother Mary Jennifer Carroll.

Mother Janice is the daughter of the late Chester and Helen (Drag) Zdunczyk of New Britain and has been a member of the Daughters of Mary for 53 years. Most of those years were spent working in the field of education both in the classroom and as an administrator/principal in Massachusetts and New Jersey.

In 1985 she moved to New Britain when she was appointed director of formation and vocations for the community. In this position she taught and prepared women for the vowed life in the congregation.

In the early 1990’s she returned again to her role as principal where she spent the next 17 years at the elementary school in Massachusetts where she first began her teaching career.

In 2008 Mother Janice “came home” to her hometown of New Britain to assume the role of director of development and school advancement at Sacred Heart School. This position she held for 13 years until the school closed in June of 2021

During the past 19 years she has served as a councilor on the Leadership Team of the Daughters of Mary. In 2019 she was elected vicar general and then assumed temporary leadership of the congregation upon the death of Mother Mary Jennifer in February.

Mother is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and received her Masters from Notre Dame Pontifical Institute.

Mother Janice believes the words of Donald McGannon, “Leadership is not a position or title, it is action and example,” and has worked diligently to put this belief into the forefront of her activities.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 14 June 2021 11:48. Updated: Monday, 14 June 2021 11:51.