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.
Nov. 18, 2019 - Each year on Dec. 3, Jesuits worldwide celebrate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, who was sent to the East by St. Ignatius as a missionary and would travel to India as well as Japan. Dec. 3, 2019, is Giving Tuesday, an opportunity for people to support organizations like our Jesuit province.
Nov. 8, 2019 - Pope Francis recently addressed 210 participants in the congress of the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, accompanied by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa SJ.