Donella Johnston


Donella Johnston

Donella was born in Young and grew up in the small town of Quandialla in south west New South Wales.

She moved to Canberra when she was 19 to study a degree in Asian Studies at Australian National University, following a gap year in Japan. She also spent a second year in Japan in the last year of her under-graduate degree studying Japanese linguistics and literature at Gakushuin University in Tokyo.

After completing a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education through University of Canberra, Donella taught Japanese and English at Merici College, Braddon. She completed a Masters in Religious Education through Australian Catholic University and later taught Religious Education, Japanese and Humanities at St Francis Xavier College, Florey. She also worked at the Catholic Education Office in the areas of Catholic Spirituality, Environmental Education and World Youth Day 2008. Donella also served on the Women’s Commission for the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and has been involved in a variety of parish-based ministries.

Donella decompresses with Christian meditation, yoga, bush-walking, travel, gardening and spending time with her family and friends. She is a voracious reader and enjoys art, music, theatre and cinema.

“Jesus’ simple Gospel message of unconditional love underlies my whole work ethos and philosophy for life.”