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James Sullivan

Job Title:



Campus Ministry


Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:

Fall 2015


BA Political Science UC Berkeley MA Philosophy Dominican School/GTU MA Theology St. Patrick's Seminary M. Div. St. Patrick's Seminary

Originally from:

Marysville, CA

Why I Teach:

I am not a teacher by profession, but I have taught teens in parish settings for more than twenty years. I enjoy this age group and, though I did not choose teaching as a career, it is something that comes easily and naturally to me.

Most powerful teaching technique:

Faith-sharing seems to be what most impresses the kids. When I can relate Scripture passages to my own life experiences, or to contemporary issues, the kids really respond.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Christian Scriptures is a course that offers our Catholic/Christian students a strong initial introduction to the books on which the Christian faith is based. For our non- Christian students the course offers solid information on what most of the world's nearly two billion Christians believe and why.

Favorite quotes:

Work as if everything depends on you; pray as if everything depends on God. St. Augustine<br /><br />Whenever I have felt I needed a helping hand, the first place I've looked is the end of my arm. Mae West.<br /><br />The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Martin Luther King

Favorite trivia:

The mean annual temperature in Los Angeles is 64 degrees. In an average year, the city receives 77% of the total possible sunlight. The mean annual temperature in San Francisco is 57 degrees. In an average year the city receives 66% of the total possible sunlight.

Recommended visual media:

ALL ABOUT EVE, Joseph Manckiewicz, 1950 BLADE RUNNER, Ridley Scott, 1982 TOUCH OF EVIL, Orson Wells, 1958 DANGEROUS LIAISONS, Stephen Frears, 1988 SOB, Blake Edwards, 1981

Recommended reads:

SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM, Joan Didion, 1968 VANITY FAIR, William Makepeace Thackeray, 1848 MANSFIELD PARK, Jane Austen, 1814 POINT COUNTER POINT, Aldous Huxley, 1928 THE PUBLIC IMAGE, Muriel Spark, 1968

Hobbies or outside interests:

Reading (wide ranging -- history, layman's science, literature) Writing Working out Swimming

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