Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Power of Prayer and Abby McGowan

IMG_1138On Tuesday, April 28, the Bishop Donahue family was blessed with a visit from 2 year old Abby McGowan, her mom and sister (Melissa and Theresa ‘Rees’), and Grandma Kim (Kreitzer). Abby was born with Pfieffer’s Syndrome (a craniofacial syndrome) and she has successfully undergone many surgeries and procedures so far in her young life.

The BD family has supported Abby and her family throughout by storming heaven with prayers. She wanted to meet all those who prayed so hard for her and get a picture with them. Abby LOVES looking at pictures! She even told a Knock-Knock joke (her favorite) to the entire student body. Please join our students as we continue to pray for the McGowan family and for continued good health and progress.

B.D. Senior Cheyanne Reinbeau Receives Aquinas Medal


Cheyanne with her parents, Dave and Shelly Reinbeau. Mrs. Granato and Mrs. Metz,(Religion Dept.) and Mr. Wise also attended the celebration.

Congratulations to B.D. senior Cheyanne Reinbeau who received the Aquinas Medal at the Bishop’s Cross dinner in Morgantown yesterday.  The Aquinas Medal is the highest award a student can receive from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Through the Aquinas award, the diocese recognizes one student from each school for their outstanding qualities of faithful discipleship, academic excellence, leadership, and service to their school, parish and community. The award reflects the ideals of Catholic education epitomized by St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic patron saint of students.

We also offer our congratulations to our local 8th grade Aquinas Medal winners… Danielle Ferrera (SS. James and John), Noah Martinez (Our Lady of Peace), Will Kent (St. Vincent de Paul), Emma Magruder (St. Michael’s) and Baron Vogrin (Corpus Christi).

Brady Blake Visits B.D.H.S. Students

BradyBrady Blake and his family returned to Bishop Donahue on April 20 for their annual visit.  Brady, the son of Brad (B.D. `96) and Angel Blake, was born with Spina Bifida and was using a walker when we first met three years ago.  Today, Brady and his big sister Riley, WALKED into the gym and greeted our students with a huge smile, and a few songs. Let’s pray that this time next year, Bray will be able to run into the gym and greet us.

B.D. Joins Appalachian Institute’s Spring Break Service Immersion Program

IMG_1109Bishop Donahue HS has successfully completed its first collaborative effort with the Clifford J. Lewis, SJ Appalachian Institute.  Mirroring the growing trend in foreign & domestic collegiate Spring Break  Service-Immersion Trips, BDHS is partnering with the Appalachian Institute housed at WJU, to offer underclassmen the opportunity to live, learn, serve, and work with the needy in our home state of WV. 

On Easter Monday, April 6, in Mr. Gillis’ mini-van ,now affectionately known as the ‘WING DING’,  5 intrepid Freshman (Sophia Gretchen, Ulayna Hartley, Isabel Reilly, Logan Ruckh, and Tyler Swann) and their chauffeur, Mrs. Granato, took off for what would prove to be an amazing adventure.  Mr. Tom Breiding was the AI representative who served as a leader, tour guide, entertainer, chef, and friend. 

Much of the trip was educational, learning about the southern coal fields of WV at the WV Cultural Museum, the development of labor unions in our state, the horrors of mountain top removal on Kayford Mountain, the life in WV coal camps at the Whipple Company Store, the plight of the poor through PATCH-21 in Ripley, WV and Union Mission in Charleston, WV.  The service aspect of the trip was intermingled with the learning.  They worked in a Day Care at Patch-21, worked in the Thrift Store and bagged rice at Union Mission, and assisted Joy at the Whipple Company Store Museum.

 The group laughed, listened, ate, prayed, worked, danced, played some spirited Apples to Apples & Twister,  sang by a campfire, visited the New River Gorge, learned a lot, got muddy,  and grew closer by serving together.  The students are committed to keeping in touch with those they met on the trip. This was a wonderful inaugural Service-Immersion Trip with the Appalachian Institute.   

B.D. Mourns the Loss of Freshman David Beabout

RestWe are sad to share that David Beabout, beloved Freshman at B.D.H.S., has gone to meet his Lord. David passed away due to complications during surgery, Thursday, April 9, in Morgantown, WV. 

We wish to thank all members of the Donahue family for their prayers, kindness, and love.  In an effort to support the Beabout family, we wish to share the details regarding the arrangements for David’s visitation and funeral service. 




Visitation will be held at Kepner Funeral Home in Elm Grove on Sunday, April 12, from noon to 3, and 6 to 8.  A vigil will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


The funeral will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elm Grove on Monday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m.


Please keep the Beabout family in your thoughts and prayers.



Krogers Community Rewards…. Time to Re-Enroll

Kroger-Rewards-Promotion-300x268B.D.H.S.  families and friends need to re-enroll in the month of April in order to continue contributing to Bishop Donahue High School through the May 1st 2015 to April 30th 2016 year.

 For a member to re-enroll their card they simply go to

Click “sign-in”
Put in their email address and password that they used to enroll their card.
Put in the name of the organization (Bishop Donahue High School).
Click Enroll.

You are now enrolled for the May 1st 2015 to April 30th 2016 year of Kroger Community Rewards. If you are having an issue with your password and or email address please 1-800-KROGERS, press 5 for customer service, press 5 to speak to a customer service representative.

If you are just joining the program you must register for an account. For a member to enroll their card the simply go to

Click “create an account”
Put in their email address and password. Confirm their password
Enter plus card OR alt ID number
Go to Community Rewards (near bottom)
Follow through the steps. (Name, address, etc.)
Put in the name of the organization (Bishop Donahue High School).
Click Enroll.

You are now enrolled for the May 1st 2015 to April 30th 2016 year of Kroger Community Reward.