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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop John Dooher of Archdiocese of Boston

June 30, 2018

 WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend John Anthony Dooher from the Office of Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Boston. Bishop Dooher has reached the retirement age for bishops of 75.The resignation was publicized in Washington on June 30, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Most Reverend John Dooher was born May 3, 1943 in Dorchester, MA. He attended St. John's Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1969. He was assigned to St. Francis Xavier Parish in Weymouth and served as chaplains at South Shore Hospital and the South Weymouth Naval Air Station until 1974. 

From 1974 to 1991, Most Reverend Dooher served at St. Augustine Church in South Boston.  From 1991 to 1996, Bishop Dooher served at St. Vincent de Paul Church and Ss. Peter and Paul Church. He was then named pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Dedham in 1996. On October 12, 2006, Most Reverend Dooher was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Boston and Titular Bishop of Theveste by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Archdiocese of Boston is comprised of 2,465 square miles in the state of Massachusetts and has a total population of 4,155,875 of which 1,944,906 or 46.8 percent are Catholic.


Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Bishop John Dooher, Archdiocese of Boston.

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