A Call to Vision: A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

by Amanda Sapio '13

PHILADELPHIA (Feb.12, 2013) – Award-winning photographer and Creighton University professor Don Doll, S.J., will exhibit his photographs in Saint Joseph’s University’s Merion Gallery from Feb. 25 to April 2. The images featured in “A Call to Vision: A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World,” focus on the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), which Fr. Doll has photographed extensively.

JRS is an international Catholic organization that serves and advocates for refugees and forcibly displaced individuals. JRS seeks to ensure that refugees are given their full rights while in exile.

“For the past 20 years, it has been humbling to photograph the efforts of the JRS, which works in 50 countries around the world,” says Fr. Doll. “It's a great initiative of the Society of Jesus, representing a new missionary effort to serve the poorest of the poor – those forced to leave their homes and often their countries.”

During his time with JRS, Fr. Doll has photographed the Jesuit work in Uganda, southern Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, the Congo, Chad, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. His work has been featured in National Geographic and various other publications. 

“We are honored to have world-renowned photographer Fr. Doll exhibiting a portion of his latest collection at our gallery,” says Assistant Gallery Director Jeanne Bracy. “Fr. Doll's photographs not only document the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service, but they also capture the emotion of humanity from worlds apart. Photo-journalistic in purpose, his photographs are beautiful images. The vibrant colors and sweeping landscapes engage the viewers who see the realism of the destitute and broken.”

Fr. Doll has served as a professor of journalism at Creighton University since 1969. He is a recipient of the Charles and Mary Heider Endowed Jesuit Chair, an honor given to Creighton scholars whose talents have made a significant impact on their fields, students and colleagues. He was awarded the prestigious Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for his impact on photojournalism in 1997, and received the Journalism Educator Award in 2012.

He comes to SJU under the auspices of the Donald I. MacLean, S.J., Chair, a visiting position held by members of the Society of Jesus who are accomplished teachers and scholars in the arts and sciences. Fr. Doll joins John Wrynn, S.J., who is the MacLean Chair holder for the 2012-13 academic year. Fr. Doll will give a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center, which will be followed by a reception in Merion Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Saint Joseph’s University Gallery is located in Merion Hall on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus at 376 Latches Lane in Lower Merion, Pa. Free parking is available in the Hawks Landing Parking Garage on 54th Street. A campus map may be viewed online. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 610-660-1840 or visit the gallery website at www.sju.edu/gallery.

Media Contact

Patricia Allen, Senior Associate Director of University Communications, 610-660-3240, patricia.allen@sju.edu


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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