Sister Ellen Enright was born in Buffalo New York, the eldest of three girls. In 1965 she entered the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wheaton, Illinois. Her first assignment was at Loretto High School in 1968 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan where she taught mathematics and also served as director of the high school religious education in the Sault Area until 1973, when she became the Pastoral Associate at St. Mary Parish. In 1980 she moved to Menominee, Michigan where she served as Pastoral Associate at Holy Spirit Parish from 1980 until 2000. From 1992 through 2000 she served on the Regional Council of the IBVM Sisters. In 2000 Sister Ellen became the Regional Superior and the Acting Provincial of the IVBM Sisters as the North American IBVM Sisters re-united with the Irish Branch. This ministry granted her many opportunities to meet with worldwide leadership of the IBVM, taking her to Kenya, Australia and Spain.
A member of St. Al's Pastoral Team since July of 2004, Sister Ellen has a strong love for furthering her own on-going education and for mentoring others in their education and spiritual growth. She has had training in spiritual direction, hospital ministry, RCIA rites and ritual, and Loyola University lay ministry education, serving as a facilitator for the Menominee Deanery.