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Msgr. Doyle named Administrator of Diocese of Bridgeport
| May 22, 2012
Posted in Local News


BRIDGEPORT-- Msgr. Jerald A. Doyle, J.C.D. has been named Administrator of the Diocese of Bridgeport following the installation of Bishop Lori as Archbishop of Baltimore.

Msgr. Doyle was elected to the post on Friday May 18,  at a meeting of the 11-member diocesan College of Consultors that gathered under Canon Law to select an administrator who will serve until a new bishop is appointed by Pope Benedict XVI.

Msgr. Doyle, 68, was appointed as Episcopal Vicar for Administration by Bishop Lori in 2007.  As such he has worked alongside Bishop Lori to oversee all diocesan operations, institutions and programs.  In his new post, Msgr. Doyle is responsible for all diocesan governance.

In April 2008, he was named Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI in recognition of his work as judicial vicar of the Diocesan Tribunal and his service to the Church.

Born and raised in Bridgeport, Msgr. Doyle was graduated from St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and completed his theological studies at Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained in St. Peter’s Basilica in 1969. He holds a doctorate in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada.

Msgr. Doyle’s first appointment was as parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Bridgeport. He has also served at St. Stephen Parish in Trumbull, St. Jerome Parish in Norwalk, and Our Lady of Grace Parish in Stratford, where he currently resides.

Msgr. Doyle first served in the Diocesan Tribunal in 1974 and was named Judicial  Vicar in 1992.   He has also served as a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors.

The process of selecting a new administrator to continue governance of the diocese is mandated by Canon Law, which requires each diocese to have a council of priests to assist the bishop in the governance of the diocese.  The College of Consultors is comprised of priest leaders who represent a cross section of parishes and ministries in the diocese.

It may be several months before the diocese learns the name of Archbishop Lori’s successor. The Pope has the authority to appoint a candidate of his own choice or to confirm one of those who have been recommended by him as part of the process of identifying possible candidates.

Bishop Egan was installed as Archbishop of New York on June 19, 2000, while Bishop Lori, who succeeded him was formally installed as Fourth Bishop of Bridgeport on March 19, 2001.

The Diocese of Bridgeport was formed in 1953 out of the Archdiocese of Hartford. It number 410,000 Catholics, 82 parishes, 242 priests, 103 deacons, and seven religious orders of women. It also sponsors 38 elementary and high school, a network of social services through Catholic Charities, 11 cemeteries, a network of  senior housing units, and a wide range of social and pastoral institutions serving people of all ages throughout Fairfield County.