Danielle Harrison was born in 1965 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the middle child of Francois and Gladys Charles. The family moved to the United States when she was a small child, landing in St. Louis so that her father could work at Homer G. Phillips as a physician. Danielle began her education at Visitation Academy in St. Louis, moving through the school’s program from 1st to 12th grade. (The Visitation Sisters have had a great impact on her life, to this day.) After Visitation, Danielle attended Dartmouth College and St. Louis University Law School, but realized that she really didn’t want to practice law.
In 1991, she began working on the governing staff for the Missouri Province of Jesuits, focusing on social justice issues, Ignatian spirituality, and collaboration with the laity. In 1998 she moved to Orange California to be a founding member of the Loyola Institute of Spirituality, a Jesuit retreat ministry that served Southern California. She then moved to Lubbock, Texas to become the director of the Center for Spiritual Development at Covenant Medical Center. Missing home, Danielle returned to St. Louis, and received a master’s degree in theology at Aquinas Institute, with a concentration in Biblical Studies.
She then began a career in Secondary Education: Teaching high school Theology at a number of schools in the St. Louis area, and returning to her Alma Mater, Visitation, as the Director of Mission Integration. This past summer, the Lord called her to move once again! Now she works as an Equity and Inclusion facilitator and Consultant for area schools, and is also the CO-Director of the Slavery, History, Memory and Reconciliation Project, a work of the Jesuits as they uncover and bring to light their history of slaveholding. Using History and Research to give those that have remained nameless for so long honor and recognition, as well as reaching out to living descendants in building transformative relationships.
Danielle is married to Tim Harrison, an Ordained United Methodist Minister who currently serves at McKendree University. She enjoys singing, playing the piano, and reading…and of course, having the opportunity to share God’s Good News to anyone who wants to hear!
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