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Death of Archbishop Donoghue

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The Most Reverend John Francis Donoghue, retired Archbishop of Atlanta and former Bishop of Charlotte, died the evening of Friday, November 11, 2011. Archbishop Donoghue was born in Washington, D.C., on August 9, 1928, the son of Daniel and Rose Ryan Donoghue. Both of his parents were natives of Ireland.

Archbishop Donoghue was ordained to the priesthood in Saint Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, on June 4, 1955. After ten years as a parish priest, he was appointed Chancellor/Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Washington, where he served until his ordination as Bishop and appointment as the second Bishop of Charlotte in 1984, succeeding Bishop Michael Begley.

He was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Archbishop of Atlanta in 1993, and was installed as Archbishop on August 19, 1993. Archbishop Donoghue retired on December 9, 2004, but remained active in priestly ministry throughout the Archdiocese. Bishop Burbidge extended his deepest sympathy to Archbishop Gregory and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, as they mourn the death of their beloved Archbishop Donoghue. 

“He was a devoted shepherd to all of those entrusted to his care, faithfully guiding the Church here in the southeast to grow, not only in number, but in holiness of life,” Bishop Burbidge said. “With deep trust in God’s promises, I ask the faithful of the Diocese of Raleigh to join with me in prayer to Our Lord, the Good Shepherd, for Archbishop Donoghue, that he may know the fullness of joy and eternal happiness in the eternal Kingdom for which he longed.”