Dody H. Donnelly Papers

David Stiver
Graduate Theological Union Archives
Graduate Theological Union
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Dody H. Donnelly Papers

Collection number: GTU 2009-8-02

Graduate Theological Union Archives

Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California
Processed by:
David Stiver
Date Completed:
September 9, 2009
Encoded by:
David Stiver
© 2010 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dody H. Donnelly papers
Dates: 1930-2007
Collection number: GTU 2009-8-02
Creator: Donnelly, Dody H.
Collection Size: 5 linear feet (4 archive record boxes and three cassette boxes), online: 3 images, 1 lecture, 2 articles, 1 poem
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Abstract: Manuscript and audio visual collection of Dody H. Donnelly (June 29, 1920 - 2013), a professor at several seminaries within Graduate Theological Union and Catholic leader in women's rights, organization and prison reform. In 1971 she became the first full time woman professor at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union.
Physical location: 7/E/1-2
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
Selected digitized images and documents from this collection.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

Dody H. Donnelly papers, GTU 2009-8-02. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Acquisition Information

Dody H. Donnelly donated 8 boxes of materials on August 24 and 26, 2009.

Biography / Administrative History

"The essence of being human is learning how to love," she said. "Prayer is a relationship, a love affair...Change your image of God to God as lover. God is in the act of constant seduction--we are in the act of constant resistance." (quoted in Mark I. Pinsky, "For an Ex-Nun, a 'Radical' Approach to Sex and Spirituality," Los Angeles Times, October 19, 1985, Part II, 15.)
Dody [Dorothy] H. Donnelly (June 29, 1920 - ) became the first full time woman professor at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union in 1971. She served as professor at several seminaries within Graduate Theological Union and was a Catholic leader in women's rights, world tourism, organization and prison reform.
Donnelly grew up in San Francisco where she attended Corpus Christi (grade) School and Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires (secondary school). After graduation in 1938, she joined the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange as Sister Gertrude Joseph Donnelly. She received an AB in English Literature, Dominican College of San Raphael (1950); MA and Ph.D. in the classics, Catholic University of America (1962); Fullbright Scholarship, American Academy, Rome, Italy (1962); and Th.D., Pacific School of Religion (1973). In 1968, she received considerable press as the first Catholic nun to live on campus at a Protestant seminary.
In 1971, while working towards her Th.D. at Pacific School of Religion, she became a full time professor at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. She later taught at San Francisco Theological Seminary, Starr King School for the Ministry, Pacific School of Religion, Holy Names University and the Fromm Institute. She served as director of a Lilly Foundation grant for Religious Formation at PSR. During the eighties, she left the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange but continued as an associate with the order.
Donnelly served as consultant to pastoral and educational organizations concerned with program design and team building. She led retreats and workshops, as she writes, "with a focus on ecological theology and a cosmic, earth centered spirituality." She was active in Amnesty International, Center for Responsible Tourism and training those who help train and teach prisoners. She was a founding member of Broken Bud, an organization fighting child prostitution in World Tourism. She became particularly interested in Western mysticism during the later part of her career.
Her books include Radical Love-An Approach to Sexual Spirituality (1986), Team: Theory and Practice of Team Ministry (1977), Sister Apostle (1964), St. Thomas More's Responsio ad Lutherum -Introduction and translation from the Latin (1962), and How (1960).

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains Dody H. Donnelly's articles and course and workshop related materials: outlines, handouts, audiotapes and videos.

Arrangement

Collection arranged as Series 1, Biographical; Series 2, Writings and Drawings; Series 3, Courses and workshops; Series 4, Subjects; Series 5, Audiocassettes; and Series 6, Videos.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Sex--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Monastic and religious life of women.
Women in church work.
Group ministry.
Women seminarians--California--San Francisco Bay Area.
Faculty--Theological seminaries.
Women and religion.
Theology--Study and teaching.
Mysticism.
Imprisonment--Religious aspects--Christianity.

Donnelly, Dody H.
Donnelly, Dorothy H.
Donnelly, Gertrude Joseph
Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange
Center for Responsible Tourism

Collection Contents

box 1:1 - 1:4

Series 1. Biographical 1930-2007

Physical Description: 4 folders
box-folder 1: 1

Vita 1930-2000

box-folder 1: 2

Newspaper and journal clippings 1970-1985

box-folder 1: 3

Correspondence 1961-2007

box-folder 1: 4

Zion Music, Dr. Donnelly's Millennium birthday 2000

box 1:5 - 1:18

Series 2. Writings and Drawings 1965-2005

Physical Description: 14 folders
box-folder 1 : 5

Writings and some biographical 1965-2005

box-folder 1 : 6

Writings 1968-1987

box-folder 1 : 7

The Size of More 1978

box-folder 1 : 8

Mary, Model of Personal Spirituality 1976

box-folder 1 : 9

Augustine of Hippo 1981

box-folder 1 : 10

Christmas Card circa 1984

box-folder 1 : 11

Writings and related materials 1977-2006

box-folder 1 : 12

Reviews of books 1967-1990

box-folder 1 : 13

Radical Love 1985-2003

box-folder 1 : 14

Articles 1993-1994

box-folder 1 : 15

Published materials and schedule 1977-94

box-folder 1 : 16

Articles and courses circa 2001

box-folder 1 : 17

Drawings 1952, 2000

box-folder 1 : 18

Notes and articles 1973-1997

box 1:19 - 1:32

Series 3. Courses and workshops 1942 - 2006

Physical Description: 14 folders
box-folder 1 : 19

Mystics of the Middle Ages undated

box-folder 1 : 20

5-Part Seabeck circa 1996

box-folder 1 : 21

Workshops circa 1994

box-folder 1 : 22

Day Outlines undated

box-folder 1 : 23

Faculty Information 2006-2007

box-folder 1 : 24

Prayer and the Spirit 1972

box-folder 1 : 25

Peirce and Royce circa 1994

box-folder 1 : 26

Courses 1986-2001

box-folder 1 : 27

Courses 1991-2001

box-folder 1 : 28

Spiritual Direction 1999

box-folder 1 : 29

Course notes circa 2003

box-folder 1 : 30

Course notes circa 2005

box-folder 1 : 31

Course notes circa 2006

box-folder 1 : 32

Group of notebooks from classes 1942

box 2:1 - 3:48

Series 4. Subjects 1948-2007

Physical Description: 14 folders
box-folder 2 : 1

Alexander circa 1980

box-folder 2 : 2

Loose articles 1993-2004

box-folder 2 : 3

Loose articles 1988-2003

box-folder 2 : 4

Bottom Line circa 1981

box-folder 2 : 5

Various biographies undated

box-folder 2 : 6

Comparative religion circa 2002

box-folder 2 : 7

Chart of Protestant Churches 1961

box-folder 2 : 8

Dante circa 1967

box-folder 2 : 9

Discernment circa 1974

box-folder 2 : 10

Dying circa 2004

box-folder 2 : 11

Election 2004

box-folder 2 : 12

Eagle's Quest circa 1982

box-folder 2 : 13

English 1948-49

box-folder 2 : 14

Greek circa 1960

box-folder 2 : 15

Ancient History circa 1961

box-folder 2 : 16

Greek historians circa 1964

box-folder 2 : 17

Human Nature circa 1990

box-folder 2 : 18

Healing circa 1980

box-folder 2 : 19

Health undated

box-folder 2 : 20

Journey into Freedom 2003

box-folder 2 : 21

James undated

box-folder 2 : 22

Spiritual book Evaluation undated

box-folder 2 : 23

Languages undated

box-folder 2 : 24

Women and Power Part 1 circa 1992

box-folder 2 : 25

Women and Power Part 2 circa 1992

box-folder 2 : 26

Newgrange 2007

box-folder 2 : 27

Ordination 1977

box-folder 2 : 28

Outlines 1992-2007

box-folder 2 : 29

Practice 1988-2006

box-folder 2 : 30

Prayer formation undated

box-folder 2 : 31

7 Series of Human Nature 1990

box-folder 2 : 32

Psyche and Spirit 1989

box-folder 2 : 33

Protestant Mystics undated

box-folder 2 : 34

Roman history undated

box-folder 2 : 35

Roman Republic undated

box-folder 2 : 36

Religious symbol undated

box-folder 2 : 37

Religion in scientific age undated

box-folder 2 : 38

Singles (poems and quotes) undated

box-folder 2 : 39

Three minute test undated

box-folder 2 : 40

Thesis undated

box-folder 2 : 41

ThD comps 1970

box-folder 2 : 42

Images and postcards undated

box-folder 2 : 43

Age-Sage undated

box-folder 2 : 44

Sharing 1985-2009

box-folder 2 : 45

Notes 1973-2007

box-folder 2 : 46

Thomas Berry, The Great Work 2000-2006

box-folder 3 : 1

Cosmology 1987-2006

box-folder 3 : 2

Dorothy Day 2003-2005

box-folder 3 : 3

Evil-Forgiveness-Depression-Fasting 1986-1991

box-folder 3 : 4

Elijah undated

box-folder 3 : 5

Einstein 1999-2001

box-folder 3 : 6

Francis circa 2006

box-folder 3 : 7

Faith and Reason circa 2003

box-folder 3 : 8

Jokes and cartoons 1998-2005

box-folder 3 : 9

Laity May-03

box-folder 3 : 10

Love 1998-2000

box-folder 3 : 11

Mystics ICCS 1977-1998

box-folder 3 : 12

Mystics 1976-2004

box-folder 3 : 13

Mystics circa 1989

box-folder 3 : 14

Thomas Moore circa 1963

box-folder 3 : 15

Prayer 1992-2008

box-folder 3 : 16

Theology and Peacemaking, Asimilar 1985 September 6

box-folder 3 : 17

Moral Religion 1978-1988

box-folder 3 : 18

Rolene Walker circa 2004

box-folder 3 : 19

Rumi-Ragore-Dickinson 2007-2008

box-folder 3 : 20

Spiritual Transformation circa 1995

box-folder 3 : 21

Shadow and Self as Mystic 1981-2005

box-folder 3 : 22

St Teresa circa 2005

box-folder 3 : 23

Brian Swimme circa 1989

box-folder 3 : 24

Spiritual Friendships circa 1996

box-folder 3 : 25

Taking Active Charge of your Life 1983

box-folder 3 : 26

Psych Self circa 1980

box-folder 3 : 27

Prayer undated

box-folder 3 : 28

Ascent of Truth undated

box-folder 3 : 29

Masculine/Feminine Bibliography 1977

box-folder 3 : 30

Faith articles 1982

box-folder 3 : 31

Saint or Schizo undated

box-folder 3 : 32

Mysticism undated

box-folder 3 : 33

Christianity? 1969

box-folder 3 : 34

Singles undated

box-folder 3 : 35

Masculine/Feminine Spirituality 1979 april

box-folder 3 : 36

Merton circa 1975

box-folder 3 : 37

Sex and Spirituality undated

box-folder 3 : 38

Nyssa, Life of Moses undated

box-folder 3 : 39

Self-hypnosis undated

box-folder 3 : 40

Loose articles undated

box-folder 3 : 41

Loose articles circa 1980s

box-folder 3 : 42

Cartoons undated

box-folder 3 : 43

Father Thomas Keating 2006-2007

box-folder 3 : 44

History of education in the US -timeline 1944

box-folder 3 : 45

Masters circa 1978

box-folder 3 : 46

Loose articles circa 1994

box-folder 3 : 47

Loose articles circa 2004-2005

box-folder 3 : 48

Loose articles 1968-2004

box 4:1 - 7:127

Series 5. Audiocassettes 1974-2006

Physical Description: 127 audiocasettes
box-cassette 4 : 1

Dante 1974

box-cassette 4 : 2

Dante 1974

box-cassette 4 : 3

Overview History of Christian Spirituality (2 copies) undated

box-cassette 4 : 4

Mystical Tradition undated

box-cassette 4 : 5

Prayer undated

box-cassette 4 : 6

Christian Spirituality, Colorado Springs 1991

box-cassette 4 : 7

Prayer 2, Julian of Norwich 1997 April 4

box-cassette 4 : 8

Julian of Norwich 1991 February 17

box-cassette 4 : 9

Creation Mystics: Julian of Norwich 1993 October 7

box-cassette 4 : 10

Creation Spirituality: Julian of Norwich 1993 September 30

box-cassette 4 : 11

Meister Eckhart (2 copies) 1991 February 10

box-cassette 4 : 12

Meister Eckhart 1991 February 11

box-cassette 4 : 13

Thomas Merton 1991March 3

box-cassette 4 : 14

St. Francis 1992 November

box-cassette 4 : 15

St. Francis 1991 February 3

box-cassette 4 : 16

Creation Mystics: St. Francis 1993 September 23

box-cassette 4 : 17

St. Francis 2006 May 7

box-cassette 4 : 18

St Teresa undated

box-cassette 4 : 19

Creation Mystics: St. Teresa of Avila 1993 October 28

box-cassette 4 : 20

Creation Mystics: John of the Cross 1993 October 14

box-cassette 4 : 21

Hildegard 2006 April 23

box-cassette 4 : 22

Prayer-SKSM 1997 May 5

box-cassette 4 : 23

Prayer 1992 May 4

box-cassette 4 : 24

Prayer I 1997 April 20

box-cassette 4 : 25

Theology: Prayer 1996 May 5

box-cassette 4 : 26

Prayer 2004 November 21

box-cassette 4 : 27

Healing Images 1983 March 9

box-cassette 4 : 28

Healing Images of God 1983 March 2

box-cassette 4 : 29

Spirituality of Social Commitment, Keynote Annual Conference, UCC no date

box-cassette 4 : 30

Cosmic Spirituality Pt 1, Colorada Springs 1991

box-cassette 4 : 31

Death I 1999 April 11

box-cassette 4 : 32

Death II 1999 April 18

box-cassette 4 : 33

Death III 1999 April 25

box-cassette 4 : 34

New Science and Religion , UU Church 1992 November 29

box-cassette 4 : 35

Religion and Science 1993 October 31

box-cassette 4 : 36

Seabeck 1993 July 15

box-cassette 5 : 37

Talk No.4 1977 June

box-cassette 5 : 38

Talk No.5 1977 June

box-cassette 5 : 39

Talk No.6 1977 June

box-cassette 5 : 40

Talk No.7 1977 June

box-cassette 5 : 41

Sunday Presentation 1988 October

box-cassette 5 : 42

Theology` 1976 March 4

box-cassette 5 : 43

Evening Session with Sisters undated

box-cassette 5 : 44

Evening Session with Sisters undated

box-cassette 5 : 45

Seabeck 1978 July 10-11

box-cassette 5 : 46

Mt Mary College undated

box-cassette 5 : 47

Radical Love 1997

box-cassette 5 : 48

Radical Love 1997

box-cassette 5 : 49

Greg 1990 January 28

box-cassette 5 : 50

Greg 1990 January 28

box-cassette 5 : 51

Workshop - Santa Rosa undated

box-cassette 5 : 52

Workshop - Santa Rosa undated

box-cassette 5 : 53

Lecture 2005 April 3

box-cassette 5 : 54

Lecture 2005 April 17

box-cassette 5 : 55

Vocational Directors meeting undated

box-cassette 5 : 56

For Dody happy birthday D

box-cassette 5 : 57

Saratoga 1993

box-cassette 5 : 58

Saratoga 1993

box-cassette 5 : 59

Women's role in the church 1984

box-cassette 5 : 60

Hildy 1990 February 28

box-cassette 5 : 61

Lecture-2 undated

box-cassette 5 : 62

Lecture-3 undated

box-cassette 5 : 63

UCC Conferece, Pomona College 1991

box-cassette 5 : 64

Pleasanton Prison Talk Oct-80

box-cassette 5 : 65

Dody's birthday 2000

box-cassette 5 : 66

Theology 1972

box-cassette 5 : 67

Right to Age- class 1 1993 January 1-3

box-cassette 5 : 68

Right to Age- class 2 1993 January 20

box-cassette 5 : 69

Right to Age- class 3 1993 January 27

box-cassette 5 : 70

Right to Age 15-Jun-05

box-cassette 6 : 71

Theology of the Eucharist no date

box-cassette 6 : 72

Palm Sunday 1986 March 23

box-cassette 6 : 73

NSVC, St. Paul, MN 1978

box-cassette 6 : 74

Discernment 24-Mar

box-cassette 6 : 75

Personaity Series No. 3 1986 January 22

box-cassette 6 : 76

Saskatoon 1985 July

box-cassette 6 : 77

Pueblo, CO 1990 June 24

box-cassette 6 : 78

Theological Understanding of Human Sexuality 1985 May 22

box-cassette 6 : 79

Lecture 1985 May 27

box-cassette 6 : 80

Lecture 1985 May 28

box-cassette 6 : 81

Lecture 1985 May 29

box-cassette 6 : 82

Last class 1985 June 7

box-cassette 6 : 83

Radical Love-Notre Dame 1987

box-cassette 6 : 84

Radical Love-Notre Dame 1987

box-cassette 6 : 85

Pacific Southwest Conference on World Christian Mission undated

box-cassette 6 : 86

Pacific Southwest Conference on World Christian Mission undated

box-cassette 6 : 87

Bread Broken/Life Shared, Wichita undated

box-cassette 6 : 88

Team Leadership undated

box-cassette 6 : 89

New Year New Life, Walnut Creek undated

box-cassette 6 : 90

Lecture 1985 June 5

box-cassette 6 : 91

Liberation Theology, dignity Canada 1988 August 1

box-cassette 6 : 92

A Spirituality of Commitment 1985 July 3

box-cassette 6 : 93

On Deepek Chopra 1995 January 22

box-cassette 6 : 94

Pastoral Spirituality 1977 April

box-cassette 6 : 95

Eucharist undated

box-cassette 6 : 96

Baptism=Eucharist=Ecumenical, GTU 1978

box-cassette 6 : 97

Eucharistic Ministry: Changing Concepts / Theology of Sharing no date

box-cassette 6 : 98

Eucharistic Ministry: Theology of Sharing 1976 August 28

box-cassette 6 : 99

Mara 1974

box-cassette 6 : 100

Prison-wrap up 1975

box-cassette 6 : 101

Punishment Jun-75

box-cassette 6 : 102

Ambrose-Mara undated

box-cassette 6 : 103-108

Lecture-tapes b-f (5 cassettes) undated

box-cassette 6 : 109

Lecture undated

box-cassette 6 : 110

Women and theology 1977 February 3

box-cassette 6 : 111

Women and the church 1977 April 26

box-cassette 6 : 112

Dante 1971 January 29

box-cassette 6 : 113

The Edge-Donnelly likely moderator for women's scholars 1973

box-cassette 7 : 114-127

Other speakers (23 cassettes) 1970-1980

box 8:1 - 22

Series 6. Videocasettes 1983 - 1993

Physical Description: 22 videocasettes
box-videocassette 8 : 1

Women In focus ( MBU 16:02) 1983

box-videocassette 8 : 2

Women In focus (16:02 ) 1983

box-videocassette 8 : 3

Radical Love, on Body and Soul (28:45) 1985 February 17

box-videocassette 8 : 4

Mysticism circa 1984

box-videocassette 8 : 5

Retreats International Teleconference, University of Notre Dame, Tape 5 (59:58) undated

box-videocassette 8 : 6

Retreats International Teleconference, University of Notre Dame, Tape 6 (87:30) undated

box-videocassette 8 : 7

NACC Program No. 1 (50:00) undated

box-videocassette 8 : 8

NACC Program No. 2 (60:00) undated

box-videocassette 8 : 9

NACC Program No. 3 (45:00) undated

box-videocassette 8 : 10

NACC Program No. 4 (54:00) undated

box-videocassette 8 : 11

NACC Program No. 5 (35:00) undated

box-videocassette 8 : 12

NACC Program No. 6 (36:00) undated

box-videocassette 8 : 13

Transcendent Explorers: California Mystics ; Transcendent Explorers: Psyche and Spirit 1989 July 19 , 1989 August 16

box-videocassette 8 : 14-15

Women in the 90s: Sexual/Spiritual Humans (2 cc) undated

box-videocassette 8 : 16

Seabeck: Earth 1993 July 12

box-videocassette 8 : 17

Seabeck: Water 1993 July 13

box-videocassette 8 : 18

Seabeck: Fire 1993 July 14

box-videocassette 8 : 19

Seabeck: Air 1993 July 15

box-videocassette 8 : 20

Seabeck: Atmosphere 1993 July 16

box-videocassette 8 : 21

First Unitarian Church of Berkeley, Sunday Service with Joan Swift and Dr. Donnelly undated

box-videocassette 8 : 22

Unitarian Universalist Church in Berkeley, Sunday Service 1997 June 23