Father Donovan is the Priest at the First Episcopalian Church that the Smith Family attend. It seems that Father Donovan has become jaded in his role and has stopped believing in God, which is most clearly started in "Rapture's Delight". However, he still puts in a token effort, by speaking at church and providing advice to people due to the fact he is unable to get his full pension until another few years in "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man".
It is believed that Father Donovan is not married. In "Dope & Faith", he seemed to be ready to have an affair with Francine Smith.