The Journey of a Catholic Lay Missionary Discussed at Scranton

Oct 8, 2010

        University of Scranton alumnus John Donaghy ’70, Ph.D., will present “From Scranton, to Iowa, to Honduras, via New Orleans” at the Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Scranton Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni chapter in cooperation with the University’s Political Science Department, the Department of Latin American and Women’s Studies, the Catholic Studies Program, and the Education for Justice Program. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

        Dr. Donaghy will discuss his journey from The University of Scranton to his work at Iowa State to his present lay missionary experience in Honduras.

        Scranton’s Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Chapter will sponsor a reception for Dr. Donaghy, which is also free of charge, immediately following the lecture in the fifth floor Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

        In June 2007, Dr. Donaghy began ministry in southwestern Honduras with the diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán, serving as associate director of the diocesan Caritas office. His service has involved the formation of lay leaders, formation programs in Catholic Social Teaching, campus ministry at the Santa Rosa de Copán campus of the Universidad Católica de Honduras, as well as other training programs. He has also participated in several immersion and service trips to El Salvador.

        From 1983 to 2007, he served as director of campus ministry for St. Thomas Aquinas Church and the Catholic Youth Center at Iowa State University.  In addition, he has taught at Iowa State University, Boston College and The University of Scranton.

        Dr. Donaghy was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu when he was a student at The University of Scranton. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College.

        Alpha Sigma Nu is the National Jesuit Honor Society with chapters at The University of Scranton and other Jesuit campuses.

For additional information, contact Michael Allison, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at 941-4392.

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