The Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, has died. He was 80.
Bishop Doran was the eighth bishop of the Rockford Diocese. He was appointed in April 1994, and served until he retired on March 20, 2012.
The Diocese of Rockford says Doran was the second native born priest of the diocese. Those who knew him best say he was a loyal servant of the Church. His faith never wavering.
"That was one of his great attributes he was very faithful to the Church," says Rev. David Beauvais.
Beauvais met Doran when the two were classmates at Loras College. Years later their paths crossed again, this time in Rockford. Beauvais as a head of St. James Church, and Doran as the Bishop of the Rockford Diocese.
"He had a good sense of humor. He was quick. Quick of wit. He always had something to say or an opinion on something."
Beauvais says the role Doran cherished most was teacher. The Rockford native taught both history and religion at Boylan High School.
"He loved his teaching role. Loved the students. He was strict. He was a tough teacher. But the students loved him. They thought he was a great teacher."
His successor, Bishop David Malloy, says Doran's love of education often shone through.
"He was an intellectual and so whether you were having classes with him, whether you were listening to one of his homilies whether you were simply interacting with him you were very aware of someone who had very dry very rye sense of humor but also had behind that a tremendous intellect," says Malloy.
Bishop Emeritus Thomas Doran's service will be next Friday, September 9th, at 11 am. at the Cathedral of St. Peter's. The service is open to the public. A live stream will also be available here at WREX.com.