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Bishop Emeritus Thomas Doran of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford dies

Thomas G. Doran, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, died Thursday at his home.

Doran was 80 years old and living at Presence Cor Mariae Center Independent Living in Rockford, according to a news release from the Diocese of Rockford. The diocese consists of McHenry County and many neighboring counties.

He was appointed Bishop of the Rockford Diocese on April 19, 1994, and served until his March 2012 retirement.

Doran’s successor, Bishop David J. Malloy, said in a statement: “… I wish to express my own sorrow at the loss of my predecessor and friend. I express as well my sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Bishop Doran, especially his sister Susanne. At the same time, this is a moment to thank God for the gift of such a faithful servant to Our Lord, the Church and the Diocese of Rockford.”

Doran was ordained as a priest in 1961 and also had worked as a high school teacher, according to the news release.

“From the Mississippi to McHenry County, Bishop Doran knew and loved the parishes and the faithful,” Malloy said in the statement. “He worked tirelessly to strengthen
the Catholic faith in northern Illinois by supporting Catholic education, outreach to the poor, the protection of young people and the holiness of the clergy.”

Services for Doran will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford.

Public viewing will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9. His funeral Mass will be celebrated by Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese at 11 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Cathedral of St. Peter.

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