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May 11th, 2022 marks an important milestone in the life of our very own Fr. Scott.
In 1982, he became “Father Scott” when he formally said yes to a life of priestly ministry. Fr. Scott was ordained 40 years ago today at Mundelein Seminary. He was soon assigned to St. Barnabas Parish in the Beverly neighborhood 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 him Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1985, a position he served for 10 years. He was assigned to St. Juliana’s as a resident priest in 1987. Since 1996, he has been a resident priest at St. Robert Bellarmine on the Northwest Side.
For 32 of his 40 years in priestly ministry, Fr. Scott has worked with Mercy Home, joining our Board of Regents in 1990 and later serving as assistant to its president. In 2006, after ten years of service as Mercy Home’s Associate President, he was appointed as the Home’s eighth President since our founding in 1887. Fr. Scott said that to be a parish priest, while also serving in a specialized ministry that saves young lives, is “a gift from God.”
He’s still grateful every day that he said yes 40 years ago, describing his ministry as a wonderful, though often challenging experience. As a priest, he said, you companion with people in the most wonderful moments of life and in the most difficult moments as well. “If you’re a good companion,” he said, “you’re a good priest.”
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I truly enjoyed that video he sounds like a great priest I only know that I like him when I see him in the mass. And I hope to continue watching all the masses and makes me happy with all the homilies that I hear each Sunday. Thank you for your wonderful service and priesthood God bless you.
Thank you for the beautiful Video about FR. Scott Donahue. I always felt that he was exceptional, and now I know the full truth on his life.
Congratulations FR….You are truly one in a million and Paul and I are honored to be a small part of your mission.
We will pray for your continued sucess….We know you will add a special life to so many children.
The beautiful video was a perfect way to celebrate Fr. Scott’s 40 years in the priesthood. My personal “Thank You” to all who contributed to putting together such a wonderful celebration. Congratulations to Fr. Scott and a special “Thank You” for everything he has done for the children of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. I pray that God continues to bless him.
I would like to take a moment to attempt too articulate into words, my deepest profound, gratitude, for the selfless service, that you have provided, too numerous, individuals throughout you’re 40yrs of service. You have been a beacon of hope, as well as light, too many individuals throughout the years. May The Good Lord Continue to strengthen you, as you continue, too be a living extension, of His Almighty, Grace, as well as Mercy. Amen.
Thank you for sending Fr Scott’s video.☆☆ I could tell from his letters that he is a kind man to children & a true servant of God !!
Blessings to him & all the wonderful people at Mercy Home. You’re welcome for the photo of best wishes on his 40 year anniversary.
Love & my best,
Patricia M ♡
What a beautiful video in honor of Fr. Scott, who has done so much for so many during his 40 years of priestly life. I will be forwarding this inspiring video to friends who may also be interested in supporting the work of Mercy Home.
Thank you for letting us see the video. We really enjoyed it.
Since I am 97 years old I am not able to go to mass. I am so grateful that it is shown on channel 9 so I can view it.
Thanks for sharing Fr. Scott’s video. I was very nice as well as to watch him celebrate Mass for his anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood forty years ago. May God continue to bless Fr. Scott, the boys and girls of Mercy Home. May God continue to bless his ministry of caring for children and directing the staff in addition to his service as a priest.