Fr. Scott Donahue, President and CEO of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, was inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 27.
Located inside Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center, the Irish American Hall of Fame was created in 2010 to preserve the story of the Irish In America. Its work recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions of Irish Americans to society in the areas of arts & humanities, business and industry, public service, sports, religion, education and science and to pay tribute to exemplary Americans of Irish heritage who have shaped the Irish-American identity in the United States.
Fr. Donahue entered the Hall in the religion category for his 37-year ministry as a Catholic priest, the majority of which he has spent overseeing the care, therapeutic services, educational support, and career preparation for children and teens living at Mercy Home.
Other members of this year’s class include Dorothy Day, Sen. John McCain, Pat Roche, James J. O’Connor, Jack O’Callahan, Mother Mary Gerald Barry, O.P., Kathleen “Kay” McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, and Fiona McEntee.
In addition to this year’s inductees, Fr. Donahue joined famous Irish Americans already enshrined in the Hall. Past honorees include some of the most significant figures in American history, social service, arts, letters, and leisure. In the political arena alone, members include Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neil, and Chicago Mayors Richard J. Daley and Richard M. Daley.
Additionally, the Hall includes an astonishing who’s who of writers, scientists, authors, athletes and entertainers, including Bill Murray, Spencer Tracy, Martin Sheen, Bing Crosby, Bob Newhart, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Eugene O’Neill, Frank McCourt, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nolan Ryan, Jack Dempsey, and so many more.