Louis Scott Donahue was born in Chicago and raised in suburban Mt. Prospect. He graduated from St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., in 1972. In 1977, he earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and accounting from Loyola University of Chicago.
Fr. Scott entered St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, in Mundelein, Ill., in the fall of 1977. After becoming a deacon in 1981, he was assigned to St. Juliana’s Parish on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Fr. Scott was ordained a priest in 1982. He was initially assigned to St. Barnabas Parish in the Beverly neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side, where he served as an associate pastor.
In 1984, Fr. Scott was elected to a two-year term as vice chairman of the Association of Chicago Priests. Joseph Cardinal Bernardin appointed Fr. Scott vocation director for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1985, a position he served for 10 years. He returned to St. Juliana’s as a resident priest in 1987. Fr. Scott currently resides at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish on Chicago’s Northwest side.
As Mercy Home’s president, Fr. Scott continues to lead the agency’s strategic vision to enhance the depth of services it provides to children in light of its 2003 expansion. As part of this vision, Fr. Scott instituted The Academy, Mercy Home’s in-house education program, and re-structured the services we provide to enhance our young peoples’ educational and vocational achievement.
Fr. Scott also oversaw the dramatic expansion of the AfterCare program, which offers life-long resources and encouragement to Mercy Home’s former residents, and has worked to strengthen young people’s faith foundations to help guide them throughout their lives. He carefully stewards the trust and support of donors across the country who provide Mercy Home with more than 99 percent of its operating funds.
Fr. Scott holds master’s degrees in social work from Loyola University, theology from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and applied spirituality from the University of San Francisco.