The Donathan Family - CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL
"Christ the King not only provides a top-notch education, but the chance to serve others as Christ has modeled." -- Elizabeth Donathan


The Donathan family, Christ the King


Elizabeth Donathan grew up in Springfield. She and her seven siblings are graduates of Christ the King School and either Griffin, Sacred Heart Academy or SHG high schools. Her father, the late Edward Casey, and his eight siblings graduated from Blessed Sacrament School, Cathedral and SHA. Elizabeth received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from U of I, and a Masters in Education from DePaul University. She works as a private voice teacher and also teaches a class at Springfield Dance. Greg Donathan, who is from Indiana, received his undergraduate degree at Ball State University, prior to earning an MSW from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He works as a Licensed Social Worker in the Dept. on Aging for the State of Illinois.

"We met working at a dinner theater after we finished our undergrads, so theater has long been a part of our lives" says Elizabeth.

At that time, they did not know that their biggest roles were yet to come; that of husband and wife, and parents to four active children.

They moved back to Elizabeth's hometown in 1997 and were married in the parish in which Elizabeth was raised and in which their children would eventually be baptized. The children are Edward, 14, a freshman at SHG; Cecelia, 8th grade; Matthew, 5th grade and Mary, Pre-Kindergarten. All four have attended Christ the King School since Pre-K and have loved being part of all the school activities, including scouts, scholastic bowl, alter serving and sports. The kids are also involved in outside activities -- Cecelia and Matthew participated in theater at the Muni this past summer, for example.

"The teachers have all been actively involved in their education and have provided a wonderful environment to learn and grow in" Elizabeth says about her children's experience at Christ the King.

Elizabeth and Greg have been actively involved, too. She has a long history with the parish music ministry and he serves on the parish council. Elizabeth has also been volunteering in the school since Edward was in Pre-K in various positions, from serving as homeroom mom to working in the cafeteria, to helping with the pre-school music program. She has driven on "countless" field trips and worn many hats on the CTK auction committee.

Greg just directed The Sound of Music this summer at the Muni and he and Elizabeth have appeared in numerous community theater productions in Springfield. Together, their greatest volunteer effort to date will be collaborating on Christ the King's first-ever all school Spring musical, slated for 2015. They look forward to combining their ample talents and giving back to the school and parish they love.

Meanwhile, everyone else in the family is busy, too. Edward is involved with track at SHG; Cecelia, too, is on the track team, is an alter server and helps with Share the Word. Matthew is also an alter server and will participate in sports this school year.

"Our children love school and attend any activities the school sponsors, too numerous to mention" says Elizabeth. "They have done well at Christ the King, where the faculty goes out of its way to help our children and make them be the very best they can."

Elizabeth and Greg choose Catholic education so that their children will be inspired to live a Christ-filled life and grow spiritually and mentally in a caring environment.

"Every day, the children are reminded of Christ's love and encouraged to be the best Christians they can be and to put into action Christ's love. The school prepares them to be good students and has excellent teachers who know their material and want to help their students" says Elizabeth, who also praises Christ the King for its successful efforts to address the varying learning styles of all four of her children.

As the new school year begins, some exciting changes are underway at Christ the King, including the appointment of the new principal, Pam Fahey, who replaced Jeanine Kolb, who recently retired after 31 years at the school. Mrs. Fahey is "wonderfully friendly and enthusiastic about her new role and Father Ring is so supportive" says Elizabeth. The Donathans can't help but be enthusiastic and supportive, too, in the many roles they continue to play onstage, offstage and at Christ the King.



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