Remembering Fr. Paul Donovan, SJ, Teacher, Counselor and Pastoral Minister

Rev. Paul A. Donovan, SJ, was born in Washington, DC, on January 5, 1927. He graduated from Gonzaga High School and entered the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, PA in 1943. He received his Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching, as well as his Licentiate in Philosophy and Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Woodstock College in Woodstock, MD. He was ordained a priest on June 17, 1956.

As a Jesuit scholastic, Fr. Donovan taught Latin, Greek and French at Scranton Prep. Following ordination, he became a professor of Theology at Georgetown University for seven years, and a student counselor for three. In 1972, Fr. Donovan headed to the West Coast to begin what would become a 27-year tenure at the University of San Diego as a student counselor and campus minister. After many fulfilling years at the university, he continued to serve as a pastoral minister in and around San Diego for another nine years.

Fr. Donovan moved to Manresa Hall in Philadelphia in 2008 to pray for the Church and the Society of Jesus. He passed away on September 9, 2016 at the age of 89.

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May 27, 2020 - Now more than ever, we invoke God to wipe away the darkness of anxiety, allowing us to be guided by the light of Christ and to trust in God’s promise of new life. Over the last few months, our Jesuit provinces have been in a place we don’t often find ourselves, a place that saw our schools closed, parishes empty, and the halls of our retreat centers giving new meaning to the word “silent.”

May 13, 2020 - Fr. Daniel Lahart, SJ, president of Regis High School recently asked one of the school’s alumni, Dr. Anthony Fauci, class of ’58, to record a video for the Jesuit graduates of 2020.

May 12, 2020 - Susan Baber has been named the Associate Provincial Assistant for Secondary Education for the new USA East Jesuit Province. The new province will come into being on July 31, Susan will assume this new role in August.

Fr. Dennis E. McNally, SJ, beloved painter and professor of fine arts at Saint Joseph’s University, dies at 76.

May 5, 2020 - Let us pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.

May 1 marks the annual Religious Brothers Day, when we celebrate our Jesuit Brothers who go wherever they are needed and do whatever needs to be done.

Fr. Edward C. Dougherty, SJ, beloved teacher and minister who spent a decade in Africa, dies at 79.

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