Bishop Timothy L. Doherty
Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana
Curriculum vitae of Bishop Timothy L. Doherty
Bishop Doherty is a native of Rockford, Ill. He was born to Lawrence and June Doherty and is the eldest of seven. He has four sisters and two brothers.
He graduated high school from St. Mary Minor Seminary in Crystal Lake, Ill. He received a bachelor of arts degree from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, in 1972. He earned a baccalaureate in theology in 1975 at the Pontifical Gregorian University during his seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill for the Diocese of Rockford at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Crystal Lake on June 26, 1976. He completed his license (STL) in moral theology in 1982 at the Alfonsian Academy of the Lateran University in Rome. In 1996, he completed his doctorate in Christian ethics (PhD) at Loyola University Chicago.
His first priestly assignment was as an associate at St. Peter Cathedral in Rockford until 1981. After completing his STL in 1982, he returned to the faculty of Rockford’s Boylan Catholic High School as a full-time religion instructor. From 1986 to 1991, he was assistant principal and head of the religion department at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock. He then started doctoral work at Loyola.
In 1995, Bishop Thomas G. Doran appointed him the diocesan ethicist for health care issues, a role that continued into 2010. From 1996 to 1999, he was an associate professor at OSF St. Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford.
In early 1999, he was the parochial administrator at St. James Parish in Lee, Ill., and from June 1999 until June 2007 was pastor of St. Mary Parish in Byron. In June 2007, he was appointed as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena, Dundee, and St. Mary Mission, Gilberts.
He was also a diocesan priest representative to the Catholic Conference of Illinois, a board member of the Illinois Catholic Health Association and president of the national Conference of Diocesan Coordinators of Health Affairs (no longer extant). Until 2010, he participated in the Archdiocese of Chicago bioethics subcommittee and the system ethics committee of OSF Healthcare in Peoria.
Bishop Doherty is a member of the USCCB Doctrine subcommittee, the Healthcare Task Force. He is the USCCB episcopal liaison to the Catholic Health Association of the United States (2012- present), and also to the National Catholic Council on Addictions (2012-present). He is an ex officio board member of the Indiana Catholic Conference.