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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December 3, 2019 — Today is the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, SJ, one of the first Jesuits, who is considered by some to be the greatest missionary since the time of the Apostles.

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.

Nov. 6, 2019 - Last month, hundreds of Jesuit-educated alumni and friends of the Society gathered at 23 parishes and schools for the fifth annual Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday Masses.

Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., is appointed the first provincial for the Jesuits USA East Province. He will assume office on July 31, 2020.

Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, has officially decreed the uniting of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces into one USA East Province, effective July 31, 2020.

The Jesuits of Washington, D.C. joined together at Georgetown’s Dahlgren Chapel to celebrate those with jubilee years in the Society of Jesus.

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