Timothy Doherty

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Timothy Lawrence Doherty
Bishop of Lafayette in Indiana
DioceseLafayette in Indiana
AppointedMay 12, 2010
InstalledJuly 15, 2010
PredecessorWilliam Leo Higi
OrdinationJune 26, 1976
by Arthur J. O'Neill
ConsecrationJuly 15, 2010
by Daniel M. Buechlein, William Leo Higi, and Thomas G. Doran
Personal details
Born (1950-09-29) September 29, 1950 (age 70)
Rockford, Illinois
DenominationRoman Catholic
Styles of
Timothy Lawrence Doherty
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Timothy Lawrence Doherty (born September 29, 1950) is an American Roman Catholic bishop. He was a priest of the Diocese of Rockford until he was appointed Bishop of Lafayette in Indiana by Pope Benedict XVI on May 12, 2010.[1] On July 15, 2010, Doherty was consecrated, becoming the sixth bishop of the diocese.


Early life and education[edit]

Doherty was born in Rockford, Illinois, the eldest of seven children of Lawrence and June Doherty.[2] He attended St. Mary Minor Seminary in Crystal Lake from 1964 to 1968.[1] He then attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972.[2] He studied for the priesthood in Rome at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University, receiving a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 1975.[2] Doherty earned a doctorate in Christian ethics at Chicago's Loyola University in 1995.

Ordination and ministry[edit]

On June 26, 1976, Doherty was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rockford by Bishop Arthur J. O'Neill.[3] His first assignment was as an associate pastor at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, where he remained for five years.[1] He then furthered his studies at the Pontifical Lateran University, where he earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in moral theology from the Alfonsian Academy in 1982.[2]

Following his return to Illinois, Doherty taught religious studies at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford from 1982 to 1986.[1] He served as assistant principal and head of the religion department at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock from 1986 to 1991.[1] Then beginning his doctoral studies at Loyola University Chicago, he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian Ethics in 1995.[2] That same year, he was appointed diocesan ethicist for health care issues, a position which he continues to hold.[2] From 1996 to 1999, he was an associate pastor at OSF St. Anthony College of Nursing, Rockford, teaching courses in theology and health care ethics.[2]

In 1999, Doherty served as parochial administrator of St. James Church in Lee.[1] He served as pastor of St. Mary Church in Byron from 1999 to 2007.[2] After 2007, he was pastor of both St. Catherine of Siena Church in Dundee and St. Mary Mission Church in Gilberts.[2]

Bishop of Lafayette, Indiana[edit]

On May 12, 2010, Doherty was appointed the sixth Bishop of Lafayette in Indiana by Pope Benedict XVI.[3] He succeeded Bishop William Leo Higi, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 in August 2008.[4] He received his episcopal consecration from Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein on July 15, 2010.[5] He has served as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Pope Names Rockford, Illinois Pastor to Succeed Bishop William Higi as Bishop of Lafayette in Indiana". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2010-05-12.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Curriculum Vitae of Bishop Doherty". Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Bishop Timothy L. Doherty". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.
  4. ^ Palmo, Rocco (2010-05-12). "For Lafayette, the Ethicist Is In". Whispers in the Loggia.
  5. ^ Palmo, Rocco (2010-05-12). "Live from Indy... Well, Close Enough". Whispers in the Loggia.
  6. ^ Guidos, Rhina (August 18, 2018). "Pennsylvania prelate says bishops who hid abuse should resign". cruxnow.com. Retrieved 2019-02-07.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Leo Higi
Bishop of Lafayette in Indiana
Succeeded by