The Rev Dr Michael O'DonnellWelcome to my blog, “Parched Ground”.

It is here that I will attempt blogging some very random thoughts on solitude, community, ministry, suffering, and compassion in the hopes of providing a partial glimpse into the joys and struggles of my own spiritual quest for God.  (I will also include excerpts from my previously published tomes and other print media.)  I do this with a sincere belief that communication is the secret to staying in love with my family, friends, and heavenly Father.  Thus, my blog is a love letter to all who have found their way into my heart.

The late Henri Nouwen once said that “joy is the result of our choices.”  My prayer will be for you to have joy for your choice to be with me today.  And, when you leave this blog that whatever is from God to be remembered; and whatever is not, to quickly fall by the wayside of life.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK TO THE TOP RIGHT “HOME” to begin your journey with me.

For all those on parched ground, I remain …

Thirsty for Christ’s Love,


About the Author

The Reverend Michael O’Donnell, Ph.D., OSF,  the Rector at St. John’s parish in New York, is married to Rachel, a Supervisor for Special Education with BOCES, and they have two grown children—Patrick (married to Julia) and Kayla (married to Zachary). They have been married and in love for over 30 years now and in 1991 lost an infant daughter, Cara, to a birth defect.  Home from Oz (Word) and The Oz Syndrome (Hillcrest) were books that Michael penned shortly after her death that helped him to process her early passing.  Michael  is also a principal blogger for .

For a view of his parish St. John’s Church, please click: St. John’s Church in Ogdensburg, NY

For a more complete academic bio, please see: Wikipedia Article

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