Statement on the death of Archbishop John F. Donoghue

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

November 12, 2011

I am saddened to hear of the death of Archbishop John F. Donoghue, former Bishop of Charlotte and the former Archbishop of Atlanta. Archbishop Donoghue was a native of Washington, D.C. and ordained to the Archdiocese of Washington in 1955. He faithfully served the archdiocese as a parish priest and pastor, but also in positions varying from Chancellor to Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia before being named by Pope John Paul II in 1984 as the Bishop of Charlotte, and then as Archbishop of Atlanta in 1993.

I first came to know and recognize the priestly character of Archbishop Donoghue when as a young priest I worked with him as he represented the Archdiocese of Washington in discussions in 1969-70 at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, and later in our work together in the conference of bishops.

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Archbishop Donoghue’s family, friends and the many individuals whose lives he touched in his ministry over the decades, here in Washington, in Charlotte and in Atlanta and ask the Lord to grant him eternal rest.

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