Creighton’s Fr. Driscoll, Professor and Chaplain, Passes
Spending more than 45 years teaching young people to be men and women for others characterized the life and spiritual commitment of the Rev. Donald D. Driscoll, S.J., professor of theology and chaplain of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University. Fr. Driscoll, 73, died at the Jesuit residence on campus of a heart attack, on March 22, 2007.
Born in Evergreen Park, Ill., he grew up in a strong, religious family in the Chicago area and entered the novitiate in Oshkosh, Wis., in 1952. He was ordained in 1965 and obtained several degrees including a bachelors of arts and sacred theology from St. Louis University and a master’s in theology from Notre Dame. He began teaching theology in 1967 at Marquette High School, Milwaukee, Wis., and served as rector of the Jesuit community there. For more than 20 years, he taught theology and supported campus ministry at Creighton. He became the chaplain of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in 1987. He received notification recently that Marquette High School’s Spirit of Ignatius Award in 2007 would be conferred on him in September. The annual award is for a person associated with the school who has distinguished himself by exemplifying the ideals of the Ignatian vision. He was a popular retreat director and throughout his priesthood conducted retreats throughout the country.
“ Fr. Driscoll loved teaching and his students often commented on how he presented materials so the lesson would come alive by using anecdotes and experiences in a showman-like fashion,” said the Rev. Thomas Shanahan, S. J., assistant vice president for University Relations at Creighton.
Fr. Driscoll is survived by his nephew John (Jack) Driscoll of Chicago; sister-in-law LaVerne Driscoll, of Chicago Ridge, Ill.; and nephew Kevin Driscoll, of Posen, Ill.
There will be several services celebrating Fr. Driscoll’s life. Creighton University will host a viewing on campus (4-7 p.m.) and wake (7 p.m.) on Sunday, March 25 at the V. J. Skutt Student Center ballroom. A final viewing (9-10 a.m.) and burial Mass (10 a.m.) will take place at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha on Monday, March 26. Burial will be at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery immediately following the Mass.
Memorials can be made to the Helen and John Driscoll Scholarship Fund, c/o Marquette University High School Development Office, 3401 West Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53208.