Welcome! The Rev. Alison Donohue
It is with gratitude and great joy that I write to introduce you to ECY’s next chaplain, the Rev. Alison (“Ali”) Donohue.
Ali comes to us from the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi where she teaches church history and theology in Waiolaihuiʻia, the local ordination program, and serves as associate priest at St. John’s in Kula. She has served as school chaplain and retreat director and was the founding director of a faith-based leadership program for young adults in Manhattan that has since spread to seven other US cities. She taught English at Maui College, and was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for teachers. She has two master’s degrees from Fordham University in the Bronx and has extensive training in Jesuit spirituality. She earned her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School where she met her wife Kerith, also an Episcopal priest. Ali is dynamic, entrepreneurial, and creative. Her references were effusive in their praise for her gifts as a teacher, mentor, and colleague. A wise pastor and inspiring preacher, she is committed to thoughtfully forming disciples of Jesus Christ. We are blessed indeed.
Of course, we owe a debt of gratitude to our fabulous Search Committee and for all those who placed their names into discernment. Our call for a new chaplain at ECY created a great deal of interest across the Episcopal Church and beyond. Our Search Committee, comprised of three adult and three student members of our Board of Governors, leapt into action and over many months listened carefully for who God was calling to lead us into this next season of ministry at Yale. We are confident Ali is that priest and are overjoyed to welcome her into the ECY family.
Ali will be relocating to New Haven this summer with her wife, the Rev. Kerith Harding, two kindergarteners, and their rescue dog. Please keep them in your prayers! In the meantime, there will be multiple opportunities in the coming weeks to meet Ali on Zoom and we hope you will join us.
For over 150 years, the Episcopal Church at Yale as borne witness to the Gospel and nurtured generations of student leaders in their faith. We are delighted to begin this next chapter in our ministry together with the Rev. Alison Donohue as our chaplain. May God bless her and ECY for many, many years to come.
The Rev. Ryan Fleenor
Chair, ECY Board of Governors
Dear Members of the ECY Community,
I write to you from the high slopes of Haleakala, overlooking the West Maui Mountains and the blue Pacific, my home for the past eight years. I have always wondered what could possibly compete with this stunning beauty, what (if anything) could ever pull me off this gorgeous island and away from its wonderful people. And then I met the Episcopal Church at Yale and immediately a door opened in my heart, inaugurating a beautiful and holy process. You have captured my heart and my imagination, and I am thrilled beyond measure that I get to join you as your next chaplain.
Something genuinely special is happening at ECY, and it was evident from my first moments with you. Your search committee could not help but gush about this intentional community that draws good people in, transforms hearts, and commissions all for some kind of service. Such fierce but tender love is a sure sign of the Holy Spirit’s presence. I am looking forward to capturing the momentum you have already established under Paul’s guiding hand, and together discerning where the Spirit is leading us next. I trust it will be both surprising and blessed.
I look forward to meeting you on Zoom over the next few weeks and in person in August. Count on my prayers during this time of transition and change for us all.