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.
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.
Join Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, on Sun., Aug. 2 at 4 p.m., for a live, interactive discussion as he shares the Ignatian way of making decisions and the surprising closeness to God it brings, which is needed now more than ever.
June 1, 2020 — “As a black man living in America, the video of George Floyd’s suffocation cues unhealed experiences with police in this country and makes me less optimistic that change between the Black community and the police will soon change."
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 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.