by Lisa Metro in the fall 2018 issue of Saint Ignatius Magazine
Ed Nolan wears his faith on his sleeve. He freely discusses his spirituality and his relationship with Christ with students in the classroom, with colleagues over a cup of coffee, and with his friends on the street with whom he meets every Sunday through the Saint Ignatius Labre ministry. For Nolan, it’s all about being present as he interacts with others.
Is it mere coincidence, then, that the Saint Ignatius High School science teacher spends his days teaching chemistry – a subject he describes as the study of “how various things interact with each other”?
Growing up in Rocky River, Ohio, Nolan was a fan of Jacques Cousteau. When he discovered Bowling Green State University offered a major in marine biology, he saw a good fit for his future. Some time after graduation, he attended Cleveland State University to obtain his teaching certificate and joined the faculty at St. Edward High School. It was there he worked with John Cooney ’67, eventually following Cooney to Saint Ignatius to work alongside him in the Science Department.
Nolan leads students on the Cleveland Mission Trip, a deep dive into the world of homelessness, which he helped revive in 2017.
At Labre on Sunday nights, Nolan takes students to encounter Christ in homeless and formerly homeless men and women.
A faith witness in the classroom, Nolan also shares his faith before the vans leave to start Labre on Sunday nights.