As a photographer and a Jesuit priest, I have been given the extraordinary opportunity to make photographs of people around the world: on Sioux Indian reservations, in remote tribal villages and in desolate refugee camps. On the best days, I may have captured the essence of a person in a photo. It not only has changed my perspective on people and the world, but has given me an opportunity to use those photographs >to communicate who these people are and how much we are all connected as human beings under our God.
So tonight it is humbling not only to be inducted into the Press Club’s Hall of Fame, but to join such a prominent group of honorees.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (April 26, 2015) – Genocide isn’t an evil that only happens “over there.” Rather, genocide has occurred on almost every continent and ultimately touches every human being. How can Siouxlanders help end the suffering?
Those and other questions will be explored at “Worldwide Genocide Awareness Day” from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. Admission to the inter-faith event will be free.
“We are facing genocide in our time and we don’t want history to repeat itself,” says Rabbi Guy Greene of Sioux City’s Congregation Beth Shalom who chairs the inter-faith committee planning the event. “This is an education and awareness day – an opportunity to learn from the past and face the issues of today.”
Visitors may attend any or all opportunities for learning. Due to images and content that may be graphic, the event is appropriate for people 13 years and older.read more
Endowed by the family of Agnes M. & G. Herbert True, the lecture hosts a widely-publicized address each spring by a prominent Catholic intellectual. The True Family aimed to feature presentations of community-wide interest with a focus on the Catholic intellectual and artistic tradition.read more
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (March 15, 2015) – “Don Doll, S.J. On Assignment,” an exhibition of images made in refugee camps around the world by the Jesuit photographer, opened with a program by Fr. Doll at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. Lotplar Laywah, a Karin refugee from Mayanmar joined Fr. Doll on the program to explain life as a refugee in Thailand.
The exhibition comprises images of refugees from Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Darfur, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Congo, Uganda, Chad and Jordan, as well as landmine victims in Angola and Bosnia, and child soldiers in Uganda and Chad.
For the last 20 years he has documented the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service that works in 50 countries, serving the poorest of the poor – men, women and children forced to leave their homes and often their countries.read more
WINNEBAGO, Neb. (March 1, 2015) – The Calendar Marketing Association's Judges again awarded the GOLD award to the St. Augustine Indian Mission 2015 Calendar designed by Pat Osborne of Mutual of Omaha. Now the calendar has 5 Gold awards and one Silver award in the Non-Profit category.read more
Don Doll, S.J., was one of the Jesuit artists invited to exhibit and give an all-university lecture as part of ITESO, the Guadalajara Jesuit University's two week festival celebrating the 200th anniversary of re-institution of the Society of Jesus. View Photos above.read more
SEATTLE, WA (February 13, 2014) — The Vachon Gallery presents a collection of photographs by Don Doll, S.J. Capturing the scenes of ordinary life from around the world, Father Doll sees through the lens as both a photographer and as a Jesuit. With a passion to find God in all things, he attempts to shed light on both the joys and the sorrows of the world.read more
WINNEBAGO, Neb. (March 14, 2014) – The Calendar Marketing Association's Judges awarded GOLD to the St. Augustine Indian Mission 2014 Calendar designed by Pat Osborne of Mutual of Omaha. The calendar now has one Silver and four Gold awards in the Non-Profit category.read more
On Sunday, November 11, 2013 at the Neihardt Foundation’s Laureate’s Feast, Don Doll, S.J., was named a “Word Sender,” and awarded a bronzed buffalo sculpture. “Word Sender” is what Black Elk called John Neilhardt, the author and poet who wrote the classic “Black Elk Speaks,” detailing Black Elk’s life and visions.read more
Join Father David Korth and Father Don Doll, S.J.. who will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, June 9 - 18. Fr. Dave has had two extended study periods in the Holy Land, and participated in another Holy Land pilgrimage in 2012. Don participated in a six week graduate seminar in biblical archeology; some of his black and white photographs from that trip are under Classic: Israel. Doll will offer photography advice and critiques to participants who wish.read more
It’s called a Summit because you can’t reach any higher, and you can’t get to a better workshop embracing digital photography in both documentary and nature/wildlife photography than the Fall Photography at the Summit. Photograph alongside and network with the some of the top photographers and editors in the nation, producing artistic and original images in the shadow of the Tetons at the Fall Photography At The Summit workshop in Jackson, WY, Sunday September 29 through Friday October 4, 2013. Reinvigorate that creative eye, brush up on the latest technical advances, and push your photographic skills to new levels in a workshop environment that draws from the Summit Workshops 30+ years of workshop experience.read more
TORONTO, ONTARIO — On May 29th, 2013, I presented a series of images from my book, A Call to Vision: A Jesuit's Perspective on the World, at the Anglican Center on Church Street in Toronto, Canada. I was surprised by the coverage in the Toronto Star that weekend. Leslie Scrivener, the reporter, had placed a double page layout in the centerfold of Saturday's edition of the Insight section of the Star. Newspapers rarely give that kind of space to a photography layout. I could hardly believe it.read more
The final book in the Vision series by Jesuit photographer, Don Doll, S.J.The book covers 50 years of Fr. Doll’s work and details the story of his 'vocation within a vocation' as a Jesuit Photographer. It includes his early work with Native Americans, a series on Hospice care, and photographs of Jesuits working around the world. This latest book is the final in a series that began with Crying for a Vision, (1976) and Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred sites of the Sioux Nation (1994.)
OMAHA, Nebraska - April 13, 2012 — At the Omaha Press Club Annual Awards Ceremony, Jim Burnett, long-time World-Herald photographer and one of Doll's first photography students at Creighton University, presented Fr. Don Doll, S.J., the Journalism Educator Award. Of course, Jim quipped it's 'grip and grin' which broke me into my widest grin. The Omaha Press Club's annual awards ceremony traditionally awards scholarships to Journalism students from Creighton University, University of Nebraska/Lincoln and the University of Nebraska/Omaha.read more
DENVER, Colorado - March 8-11, 2012 — Over a hundred people from 28 countries attended a meeting of the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins. JC-HEM is an effort to provide higher education in refugee camps in Dzaleka, Malawi; Kakuma, Kenya; and Aleppo, Syria. The average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years. Many refugee children are born in a camp, attending grades 1-12 with teachers often trained by Jesuit Refugee Service. In a four-year pilot program Regis University, one of twenty-eight Jesuit universities in the United States, has been offering online courses from volunteers at Jesuit Universities worldwide leading to community service learning experiences and a diploma in liberal studies. This conference's objective was to find ways to make these projects scalable, transferable and sustainable. Read Julie Filbey's article in the Denver Catholic Register by downloading the PDF.read more
OMAHA, Nebraska (Feb. 5, 2012) — At St. Cecilia Cathedral Parish Center, Fr. Dave Korth and Friends of the St. Augustine Indian Mission honored Fr. Don Doll, S.J. at a celebration marking the 10th Anniversary of the Award-Winning St. Augustine Indian Mission Calendars. The calendar, designed by Pat Osborne of Mutual of Omaha, won the National Calendar Gold Award for the best non profit calendar in the United States in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Download the PDF for instructions on how to order a calendar. Or, click on the VIDEO button to view a ten minute video of the star quilt presentation.read more
RAPID CITY, South Dakota (Oct. 15, 2011) — The Dahl Art Center exhibited a selection of photographs from 15 years of Red Cloud School Calendars. A traditional Lakota honoring ceremony was held where Hunter and Vonna Blackshirt wrapped Fr. Don Doll, S.J. in a star quilt. Hunter and Vonna have been featured in many of the calendars along with their classmates.read more
NETV posted a 8 minute edit of Mike Farrell's award-winning production, Don Doll's Vision Quest on their website. It's been well received by Nebraska viewers. A cute story: I was photographing on a sandhills ranch in western Nebraska, the rancher says: "I know you. I recognize your voice. You've been here before!" When I responded, "No, I've never been on your ranch before." He said: "Oh, I saw you on NETV." View a ten minute program here.
Read More to view the longer 28 minute version.
In March, 2011, I traveled to Ankara, Turkey; Aleppo and Damascus, Syria; and Amman, Jordan to photograph the work of JRS with Iraqi refugees. The photo, titled “Veiled Differences, Unveiled Similarities,” features an Iraqi refugee woman and her daughter being welcomed by Sr. Hala, a Syrian nun, to a Mother’s Day celebration at the Jesuit Refugee Service Deir Vartan Centre in Aleppo, Syria.
Selected as Best Photo, JRS Middle East Region was awarded a $500 grant and an additional $250 for Best Overall Entry. It was submitted by Zerene Haddad of JRS MER to 'The Positive Change in Action' contest showing positive social change in the region.