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


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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