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Message From the Head of School

Welcome to Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School!


As Northeast Georgia’s ONLY Catholic high school, Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School offers a college preparatory education that is academically rigorous, athletically competitive, and rooted in our faith.  This website is designed to engage our families and the community as partners in the Donovan mission to develop leaders in our “5 C’s” who, out of love for Christ and others, will radiate Christ in their lives. Donovan is a family where every student is pushed to explore their God-given potential and, live our motto “Radiare Lucem Domini,” or in other words, “become Christ’s light to others.”

When asked to welcome visitors to our website, I struggled with how to express to the casual visitor just how special Donovan is as a community.  The best way for me to convey this message is to tell you about my experience in choosing Donovan. After one visit to the campus and meeting with students, staff, board, parents, and other supporters of Donovan, I knew I wanted to be here.  I felt a calling to lead this school to ensure that Donovan continue to grow and thrive. I knew I wanted to steward the gift from the Athens area Catholic community from a generation ago, to preserve this legacy for generations to come. My wife and I moved 900 miles to Athens to answer this call to serve.

As a small Catholic high school, we offer a personalized approach to education while maintaining all of the experiences young people have come to want from their high school experience.  We value every person as a gift from God who He has called to be a “light to the world.” Together, the Donovan community shines bright with the Light of Christ.

Please join us on campus to enjoy the Donovan experience for yourself.  May God bless you and may He continue to bless the Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School mission and community.

Paul Gessner
Head of School