A Call to Vision Exhibit opens at Seattle University's Vachon Gallery

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.

A professor of Journalism at Creighton University Don Doll, S.J has had his photographs published in National Geographic and A Day in the Life of… books over the last 50 years. During his calling to become a Jesuit at the age of 18 in 1955, and later becoming ordained in 1968, Father Doll learned and practiced photography at the same time as his Jesuit training. From working with Native American cultures in his early years to traveling to countries in South America and Asia, Father Doll’s photographs show us the lives of those who are typically not seen. Using photojournalism as a medium, Father Doll has documented the lives of many people within many cultures while continuing the work of his Jesuit calling. His photographs encourage empathy and understanding into the people and places he has visited.

The 2014 St. Augustine Calendar Wins GOLD - Best Non-Profit Calendar in America

WINNEBAGO, Neb. (March 14, 2014) – The Calendar Marketing Association's Judges again awarded the GOLD award to the St. Augustine Indian Mission 2014 Calendar designed by Pat Osborne of Mutual of Omaha. Now the calendar has 4 Gold awards and one Silver award in the Non-Profit category..

WINNEBAGO, Neb. (Dec. 8, 2013) – The St. Augustine Indian Mission 2014 Calendar, featuring portraits by award-winning photographer Fr. Don Doll, S.J., will be released this week.

The annual calendar showcases 16 full-color portraits of students and dozens of other images shot by Fr. Doll at the historic St. Augustine Indian Mission on the Winnebago Reservation in Northeast Nebraska.

 “Each year, people look forward to the St. Augustine Indian Mission calendar as a first-rate work of art. They may find the 2014 calendar the finest yet, thanks to Fr. Doll’s God-given talent of fine-arts photography,” says Fr. Dave Korth, Director of St. Augustine Indian Mission. “The children’s portraits and dozens of other images of St. Augustine’s vibrant life are gifts that will last an entire year.” The movie, A Beautiful Friendship, narrated by Marcia Poole the Encounter Center's director tells the story of the relationship between St. Augustine's Indian School and the Encounter Center.

The calendar also offers information about St. Augustine’s work today and its history as an institution founded in 1909 by St. Katharine Drexel. Its enrollment has grown steadily in the last five years. Recently, St. Augustine advanced from an “Approved” school to a “Fully Accredited” school.

Fr. Korth credits Fr. Doll, designer Pat Osborne of Mutual of Omaha, and Carol McCabe, who crafted the master photographic prints for the calendar, with achieving excellence. The St. Augustine Calendar was named the top non-profit calendar in the United States in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Fr. Doll’s “Children of St. Augustine” portraits are on exhibition throughout the year at the Betty Strong Encounter Center, Sioux City, Iowa.

Fr. Doll is Professor of Photojournalism at Creighton University, Omaha, where he holds the Charles and Mary Heider Endowed Jesuit Chair. He has received the Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism in recognition of his work with Native people. He also has received the Nikon “World Understanding through Photography” award. He was named the 2006 Nebraska Artist of the Year by the Nebraska Arts Council.

Fr. Doll’s work has been featured in National Geographic magazine; and a number of “Day in the Life” books, including America, California, Italy, Ireland, Passage to Vietnam, and Christmas in America. His photographs also have been published in “Crying for a Vision” (Morgan and Morgan Publishers) and “Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation” (Crown Publishers). He appears in the “Vision Quest” DVD produced by Nebraska Public TV. He has photographed the work of Jesuits assisting Tsunami victims in India and Sri Lanka, and the educational work of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Uganda and Southern Sudan.

  St. Augustine Indian Mission is located off Highway 77 in Winnebago. For more information, visit:

Doll Receives Neihardt's "Word Sender" Award

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.

In his acceptance slide/presentation, Doll expressed his surprise at being chosen for the “Word Sender” Award.  Doll paused and surmised that he might have been chosen if one considers the alleged Chinese proverb, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” eliciting a laugh from the audience. [See Wikipedia for origin of the phrase].

In his slide/lecture, Doll talked about his ‘vocation within a vocation’ as a Jesuit photographer. He displayed selected images from his 50 year career photographing Native Americans published in his latest book: A Call to Vision: A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World. The book is available on this website:

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land — June 9 - 18, 2014

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. Download the PDF detailing each day's tour sites.


Join Me for Fall Photography at the Summit Workshop — Jackson Hole, WY, Sept 29 - Oct 4, 2013

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. For more information or to register, please visit

 Check out the illustrious faculty

Photograph by Dianna Schwartz during the 2010 workshop 



Doll Presents His Life's Work in Lecture Series.

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. 

Here's the story in the Toronto Star. It's a good read. There's also another in the Catholic Register.

On June 25th, I did a similar presentation in the Vancouver Club in Vancouver, BC. 

Doll's New Book has arrived!

OMAHA, Neb. — Fifty-years of award winning photography is celebrated in, A Call to Vision, A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World, 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, including his early work with Native Americans, a series on Hospice care and recent photographs of Jesuits working around the world. This latest book is the final in the series that began with Crying for a Vision, (1976) and Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred sites of the Sioux Nation (1994.)

His work has been featured in National Geographic and eight Day in the Life of… books over the past 50 years. Fr. Doll has lived and worked at Creighton University since 1969. He is a professor of journalism and holds the Charles and Mary Heider Jesuit Chair.

The 224 page book, published by Creighton University Press and Magis Productions, is available in three editions— soft bound ($60), hard bound ($85) and leather bound ($150) and is available for purchase on his website at Recently, it was featured in the New York Times. Price includes shipping within the USA only. Add $40 more dollars for shipping to Canada.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Vision Quest Endowment Fund supporting Native American scholarships and the Jesuit Refugee Service. Bulk orders and pricing available for Jesuit Institutions.


The works of award-winning photographer Don Doll, S.J., were celebrated in an exhibit sponsored by the Asian World Center at Creighton University during an opening reception from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. The exhibit marked the beginning of a series of events promoting the 8thAsian Culture Week at Creighton University. 

2012 Journalism Educator Award — Don Doll, S.J.

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.

Jesuit Commons: Higher Educations at the Margins
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.

Fifteen Years of Red Cloud School Calendars Celebrated

RAPID CITY, South Dakota (Oct. 15, 2011) — At the Dahl Art Center a traditional Lakota honoring ceremony was held at an exhibit of a selection of photographs from 15 years of Red Cloud Calendars. Hunter and Vonna Blackshirt, who were featured in many of the calendars, wrapped Fr. Don Doll, S.J., in a star quilt.

NETV airs Don Doll's Vision Quest
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.

In the Middle East on Assignment for JRS
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.