Douglas T. Vierra, Sr.

Job Title:

Religious Studies Teacher


Religious Studies


Phone: (510) 577-9100 ext. 


Started at O'Dowd:



BA Religious Studies at Santa Clara University MA Pastoral Theology at St. Mary's College

Originally from:

Hayward, CA and SLC, Utah

Why I Teach:

Teaching is like farming... you plant seeds that sometimes are harvested by others.

Most powerful teaching technique:

Analogies and metaphors; occasionally visuals.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Uh, salvation... duh! But also: what is life all about?

Favorite quotes:

"Try NOT. Do or do not. There is no try." -Yoda "Senor, da pan a los que tienen hambre . . . y a los que tienen pan da hambre para la justicia." -Peruvian priest "I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and found life was but service. I served and behold, service was joy!" -Tagore

Favorite trivia:

Recommended visual media:

"The Mission" "Parenthood" "Of Gods and Men"

Recommended reads:

"3rd Peacock" by Robert Capon "No Hope without Forgiveness" by Bishop Tutu "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time" by Marcus Borg "Good Food Revolution" by Will Allen

Hobbies or outside interests:

Snuggling w/ my grandkids; Camping; Backpacking/Hiking; Gardening; College football (go Utes!)