Welcome fellow traveler. This site is designed as a “spiritual oasis” for our pilgrim journey. My hope is that you will stop by often to be renewed, refreshed and reinvigorated as we journey together to our heavenly home.
I was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of St. Louis on June 2, 2007 and am blessed to be serving in my home parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church, in west St. Louis County.
My ministry focus includes: Pastoral Leadership, Parishioner Engagement, Adult Spiritual Formation, and Evangelization.
I am a trained Stephen Minister, a spiritual counselor for Teams of Our Lady, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
My wife, Becky, and I have been married 30-plus years and have raised two wonderful daughters, Amy and Jenny. We have three granddaughters: Claire, and her twin sisters, Lillie and Violet. My wife and I reside in Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
I have been in executive leadership positions all of my adult life with experience in organizational leadership, acquisition and integration, strategic planning, training and professional development.
I am employed as Director of the Office of Sponsorship for the Marianist Province of the United States, which is headquartered in St. Louis. I provide mission-based leadership and strategic oversight for ministries sponsored by the Society of Mary (the Marianists) including 17 secondary and middle schools, three universities and four retreat centers in the United States and Puerto Rico. In job, I partner with ministry CEOs, key administrators and board chairs to strengthen their Catholic and Marianist identity and mission. My professional resume is on LinkedIn.
I was born in Belleville, Illinois, grew up in south St. Louis County, graduated from Bayless High School and earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. I am the fourth of six children born to John (“Red”) and Mary (“Mimi”) Donnelly. I love music and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you visit often!
Deacon Dan Donnelly
OFFICIAL LOOKING DISCLAIMER: Please note that this is a personal blog and is in no way associated with my parish, my employer, the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, or the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Archdiocese of St. Louis allows me the privilege of sharing my personal self in a public forum, but also reminds me of my responsibilities as an ordained permanent deacon, a public figure representing the Church. If you find any of my posts to be offensive or potentially in conflict with Church teaching, please let me know. You may reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org