Teacher Spotlight: Patti Murphy Dohn
Instead of worrying about morning prayers during her high school career at JC, campus minister Patti Murphy Dohn was worried about deadlines.
“The most stressful times were the weekly deadlines for The Aegis … in those days and everything had to be hand-delivered. I clearly remember many times that I left [JC] at 4:55 p.m. and prayed that I would get to their offices and still find their front doors unlocked … They held strict 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. office hours, and if you were late, it was not going to be printed that week,” Murphy Dohn said.
Throughout high school and college, Murphy Dohn was heavily involved with journalism. “I have always loved journalism and was really involved in print journalism all through high school and college. I considered pursuing it as a career until I developed a greater love for theology and teaching,” Murphy Dohn said.
She wrote a column for The Aegis while in high school. “I wrote a column for the ‘High School News’ section of The Aegis which was then published every Wednesday morning. It was an opportunity to highlight what was going on here at JC,” Murphy Dohn said.
Murphy Dohn enjoyed it, but the job came with challenges. “The work involved took a lot of time, constant deadlines, typing up the various news clips for each week,” Murphy Dohn said.
Although she did not pursue a career in journalism, her love of it is fulfilled through her photography and, most recently, her blog on the Catholic Review website, “God is in the Clouds.”
According to Murphy Dohn, being asked to write a blog for the Catholic Review “is a real honor and privilege.”
“I entitled my blog “God is in the Clouds” as I attempt to accentuate hope in my pieces on the challenges that we encounter in our daily faith journey. The biggest challenge for me is to fit my blog posts in amid my busy JC schedule,” Murphy Dohn said.
The blog is mainly focused on faith and features inspiring posts. A post of hers speaks to JC’s familiar call and response: “We have always prayed together as a school community the responsorial: ‘God is good:’ ‘All the time!!’ In good times and in bad, we proclaim these words. It gives you a lot to reflect upon when you acknowledge that God’s goodness never changes in spite of the hardships and struggles that we meet over the years along our faith journey.”
Murphy Dohn started the blog mainly “to acknowledge that our loving God is there with us along all the paths that our lives may take and He provides us the grace and strength necessary to get through any difficulty or suffering. “
“Each of us has a unique faith journey,” Murphy Dohn wrote on her blog. “With our eyes focused on the Lord with hope and with trust we can find Him walking the path with us.”