Alumni Association of The Pontifical North American College

Paul Donovan


CSM 1957



Entered into his eternal reward on Thursday, April 28, 2011. The Most Reverend Paul V. Donovan, Bishop Emeritus of Kalamazoo, was born Sept. 1, 1924 in Bernard, IA and was the fifth of 9 children of Jon & Loretta (Carew) Donovan. Bishop Donovan was ordained a priest on May 20, 1950, at St. Mary Cathedral, in Lansing, MI. On July 21, 1971, the Diocese of Kalamazoo was established by Pope Paul VI and Father Paul Donovan was ordained and installed as the first bishop of the new diocese. He took as his Episcopal motto the scriptural injunction "To serve rather than to be served." On Nov. 22, 1994, Bishop Paul V. Donovan announced that he was resigning as Bishop for health reasons. He was preceded in death by 7 brothers & sisters: Helen McCarthy, Rita McCar-thy, Leonard Donovan, Bernadine Clinton, Maureen Curtis, John Thomas Donovan, and Elizabeth Donovan. He is survived by 1 sister, Florence(Sr. Maureen) Donovan. Reception of Bishop Donovan's body will take place Monday 1:00 PM at St. Augustine Cathedral. He will lie in state 1:00-8:00 PM, the rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM that evening. Bishop Donovan's body will lie in state on Tues. 1:00-8:00 PM at the Cathedral, where a Vigil / Prayer Service will be celebrated at 7:00 PM. Final viewing will be held Wed. 9:30 AM-10:45 AM at St. Augustine Cathedral. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, with His Excellence Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit and Metropolitan of the Michigan Provinceas Presider. EntombmentMt.OlivetCemetery. Following the entombment, food and fellowship will be shared at the Fr. Crowley Cathedral Center. Please visit The Most Rev. Paul Donovan's personal web page at www.lifestory, where you can read Bishop Donovan's complete biography, archive a favorite memory or photo and sign his online guest book. Memorial donations may be made to The Bishop Paul V. Donovan Shepherds' Care Fund for seminarian education and the support of retired priests. Donations may be sent to: The Diocese of Kalamazoo, attn: Business Office, 215 N. Westnedge,Kalamazoo,MI49007. Arrangements by Life Story Funeral Homes, Betzler -Kalamazoo (375-2900)

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