Bishop Doran celebrates 50 years as a priest

Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, celebrated 50 years as a priest in Rockford at a 3 p.m. Mass Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Court St. He was joined in celebrating the Mass by many friends, diocesan staff, laity, diocesan clergy, brother bishops and Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago.

Bishop Doran is a native of Rockford. He was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood in Rome Dec. 21, 1961. He served in many capacities in the Rockford Diocese until 1986, when he was appointed to the Roman Rota (church court) by Pope John Paul II, where he served until Pope John Paul II appointed him to head the Rockford Diocese April 19, 1994. His ceremony of ordination and installation as the eighth Bishop of Rockford was held at Rock Valley College June 24, 1994, with more than 4,000 people in attendance.

In accordance with the laws of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Doran submitted his letter of retirement/resignation to the Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio to the United States in Washington, D.C., on his 75th birthday Feb. 20, 2011. The resignation does not become effective until accepted by Pope Benedict XVI, at which time a new bishop will be named for the Rockford Diocese.

From the Dec. 14-20, 2011, issue

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