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in memoriam
Thursday

Fr. John Doherty, lifelong missionary, dies at 99

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the canonization of St. Clement Hofbauer, the Redemptorists of Baltimore mourn the passing of Fr. John Doherty, C.Ss.R. who died May 28, months short of his 100th birthday. Father Doherty was born Aug. 14, 1909, in Boston, the son of Patrick and Catherine Quigley Doherty. He belonged to Immaculate Conception Parish and was educated locally, graduating from Everett High School. He then studied at St. Mary’s Seminary in North East, PA; made his novitiate in Ilchester, MD; and completed his studies for the priesthood at Mount St. Alphonsus in Esopus, NY. He made his first profession of vows as a Redemptorist in 1933 and his final profession in 1936. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 19, 1938.

Father Doherty’s first three assignments were to Puerto Rico, serving in Caguas (1940-41), Miramar (1941-45), and Fajardo (1945-46). He returned to the mainland to take up a new assignment in Bradford, VT (1946-68), and then was assigned to Our Lady of Fatima Church in Baltimore. In 1970, Father Doherty served briefly as rector in Bradford, and later that year was sent to the Mission Church community in Boston. Responding to a need in the Vice-Province of Richmond in 1977, he served in Orangeburg, SC, ministering to the out missions of Barnwell and Allendale. During the year he was there, he also researched and wrote a book about the Catholic Church in the area. In 1978, Father Doherty returned to Mission Church, where he was active in ministry throughout the first half of his nineties, continuing to serve as a hospital chaplain even after he gave up driving. At the age of 99, he was transferred to St. John Neumann Residence in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

"Let us not lose the beautiful crown which I see prepared for everyone who lives in observance and dies in the Congregation. I am certain that Jesus has prepared a beautiful place in Paradise for those who die in the Congregation." -St. Alphonsus Liguori

 

Rev. John Doherty C.Ss.R.

  • Born: August 14, 1909
  • Professed: August 2, 1933
  • Ordained: June 19, 1938
  • Died: May 28, 2009

 

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