Very Reverend D. Richard Doherty, 66 years old, died on Sunday, January 4, 2015 in Raleigh, NC. He was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts on Jan 31, 1948 to the late Donald and Isabel Doherty. He is survived by his sister, Donna.
Father Richard went to live in New Orleans in the 1960’s; there he developed a concern for civil rights and for the well-being of the poor that he retained throughout his life. He later moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was part of the Word of God Charismatic Renewal community. After discerning a vocation to the Priesthood, he entered seminary at Saint Michael’s College at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for priestly formation. Richard’s studies focused on liturgy, in both the Eastern and Western traditions, and he was a member of Societas Liturgica. Father Richard was ordained a Ukrainian Catholic Priest for the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada by Most Reverend Isidore Borecky on Nov 8, 1985.
Father Richard was both a priest and a teacher. He taught at Catholic schools on Guam, at public schools in Bertie County, and at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh. Father Richard taught Latin, Greek, and religion. He was also an inseparable fan of the Gibbons lacrosse team.
During his priestly life, Fr. Richard served in the priestly ministry of the Eparchy of Toronto as pastor of St. Seraphim of Sarov Ukrainian Catholic Mission at the University of Toronto and as honorary associate priest at St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brampton, ON. Fr. Richard was awarded the epigonation and named an Archpriest of the Eparchy of Toronto by Bishop Isidore in recognition of his service.
In the Diocese of Raleigh, Fr. Richard served at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Our Lady of Lourdes, Raleigh; Saint Bernadette’s, Fuquay-Varina; and Holy Trinity Parish, Williamston. Additionally, in 2005 Fr. Richard served as the founding priest for Ss. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, Garner and served as assistant priest and was a founding member of Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Mission, Raleigh in 2006. Father Doherty retired from active priestly ministry in 2008.
Reception of the body will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2718 Overbrook Drive in Raleigh on Thursday, January 8, 2015 beginning at 5:00PM with the Visitation to follow. The panakhyda will be prayed at 6 PM with Very Reverend Father Mark Shuey, Presiding. The Vigil for the Deceased will then be prayed at 6:30 PM, with Reverend Monsignor David D. Brockman, V.G., Presiding and the Reverend Jonathan A. Woodhall, homilist. A reception will then follow the liturgy in the Fallon Center of the parish at 7 PM.
The Funeral Mass for Father Doherty will be celebrated on Monday, January 12, 2015 at Saint Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Interment will follow immediately in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial to any of the following:
St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Mission Building Fund (Cary, NC), Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh (Raleigh, NC), St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church Building Fund (Brampton, ON,)
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham and Ward Funeral Home of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com