Religion Teacher, Junior/Senior
Cool Kids Club, moderator
B.A. Theology Wheeling Jesuit WV
M.A. Theology St. Mary's Seminary and University, Roland Park Baltimore, MD
M.S. Pastoral Counseling Loyola College MD
- Sacraments (honors)
- Catholic Moral Theology (honors)
- Service-Learning, "Leadership"
- Comparative Religions
The Mission Statement:
“As a Catholic High School Bishop Alemany is a community enriched by faith that develops intellectually prepared men and women who are committed to promoting a just and peaceful world as conscientious and morally courageous leaders in service to others.”
Faith Statement 2015
I am a woman of faith who is dedicated to the faith formation of our young men and women. My commitment to being a woman of faith is a growing life long commitment. As a student leader at Wheeling Jesuit, I supported the service program and was a member of the Campus Ministry Team. These formative years at Wheeling inspired me to make a commitment, to a lived faith. My life as a single parent mom to two bi-racial children, Tamiko and Ryan, theology teacher, theology chair, campus minister, and as a theology professor have been stepping stones that have shaped me into the person I am today.
As theology chair at Holy Child, I was responsible for facilitating spiritual formation activities within the community, in addition to, developing the theology curriculum. These activities included: retreats for students and faculty, liturgies for the faith community, service programs for the school community, and pastoral care of the school community. My last year at Holy Child (1983) I developed a Campus Ministry Program, that was put into effect, and a part- time campus minister was hired.
My years at Maryvale as campus minister were incredible. It was an honor to be part of a faith community who took seriously, our commitment “to be men and women for others.” As campus minister I taught the service-learning course for seniors, CAPS (Community Action Program for Seniors).
While teaching Sacred Scripture, Christian Morality, and Social Justice at Mount Carmel, I became very involved with many campus ministry activities. Along with retreats and liturgies, I primarily focused on Special Olympics and Chara House (a home, owned by the diocese, for HIV babies). My students were encouraged to become part of the volunteer opportunities I provided.
During these years I taught theology, as an adjunct professor, at Loyola College in Maryland (1982 – 2001). These twenty years significantly affected my experience of theology as a lived faith. I was able to teach theology, work on retreats, and eventually contribute to the service- learning program at Loyola. My theology service-learning course SL250 focused on “the troubles” in Northern Ireland. From 1996 – 2001, I had become involved with several reconciliation communities in Northern Ireland. I have worked with Corrymeela (Ballycastle, County Antrim) and The Peace People in Belfast. I received two consecutive summer grants to prepare the service-learning course, SL 250: Cultural Immersion: Ireland, from Tim Brown, S.J.
In 2001, I lived with the Columbanus Reconciliation Community (Jesuit founded) in Belfast, NI. As a reconciliation community, we were one of the few places where people felt safe to just be. We worshipped as a community every evening. These prayer services were open to
the community. My experiences with the Columbanus and the Belfast faith communities have affected me very much.
In 2003, I moved West to be near my two grown children. I enjoy California very much! My teaching and ministry continues with the Bishop Alemany Community. In July 2007, I spent two weeks in Israel with The Bearing Witness Advanced Program (adl.org). This program challenges one to give witness to one’s faith. I was honored to be a member of the 2007 Bearing Witness Program.
In July 2009, I spent two weeks in Palestine, mostly the West Bank. An amazing journey with the Interfaith Peace-Builders (ifpb.org), a Quaker based organization. During our journey I stayed with a Palestinian family and stayed at a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem.
In December 2010, I was fortunate to give witness to the lives of the El Salvadoran martyrs: the four church women, the 6 jesuits from UCA, their housekeeper and her daughter, Oscar Romero and the many others. I traveled to El Salvador with a delegation from Share (share- elsalvador.org).
I had been teaching social justice for many decades and the lives of these men and women influenced my own personal faith journey. Jean Donovan, a lay woman, especially affected me. To walk the ground and give witness to these many faithful lives has been humbling. I am grateful.
Shannon Donohoe Little