To continue the trend of spotlighting the people standing behind and supporting Dunrovin’s mission we are going to spend some time focusing on our incredible Board of Directors.
– Father Jack Donahue –
Fr. Jack Donahue proudly proclaims himself a “Brother’s boy.” He graduated from Cretin High School in 1952 and kept an eye on seven classmates who entered the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. However, Fr. Donahue heard another call of the Lord, being ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on February 21, 1960. For more than fifty years, Fr. Donahue has faithfully fulfilled his priestly ministry in many capacities. He has served as a pastor in parish work, as the Vocations Directors for the Archdiocese, as the chaplain for the National Guard, and as a chaplain in the United States Army where he worked in a hospital unit in San Antonio during Desert Storm.
Fr. Donahue knows the road to Dunrovin well, having visited for many years his friends, the Christian Brothers who lived at Dunrovin. Fr. Donahue’s knowledge of the Lasallian philosophy, gift of priestly pastoral counsel, and Irish sense of humor brings much life to the Dunrovin Board.
– Father Tom Thompson –
Congratulations, Fr. Tom, on your 25th Anniversary as a priest of the Diocese of Superior!
Fr. Tom Thompson was born and raised in Stillwater. He remembers going on retreats at Dunrovin as a student and worked as a lifeguard back in the days when Dunrovin’s beautiful swimming pool was functional. Fr. Tom’s love for Dunrovin was particularly sparked while receiving God’s graces during his pre-ordination retreat at the Retreat Center.
In his young adult years, Fr. Tom served twelve years in the Navy. Attending seminary at the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Wisconsin, Fr. Tom was ordained in 1992. He studied for two master’s degrees; along with a Masters of Divinity degree, he holds an M.A. in moral theology.
When you want something done, ask a busy person. Fr. Tom is a busy man! He served on the Catholic United Financial Board of Directors; acted as vice-president of the National Federation of Priests’ Council for three years; was involved with the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors; currently serves as the pastor for a tri-parish area including St. Anthony’s parish in Cumberland, Wisconsin. Fr. Tom is the vocation director for the Diocese of Superior, Wisconsin. Why? “Being a priest is great!”
With a previous nine-year history on the Dunrovin Board of Directors beginning in the late 1990’s, Fr. Tom is glad to be back on the Board. He enjoys being with the youth and celebrating Mass for Dunrovin retreats.