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Very Reverend D. Richard Doherty

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 6, 2015 @ 4:11 pm In Durham,News,Obituaries | 7 Comments

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


Condolences for the family of “Very Reverend D. Richard Doherty”

Condolence from Paula Klein on January 7th, 2015 8:07 pm

Donna I am so very sorry to hear of your brothers passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you at this very sad time. Love Paula

Condolence from Vickie Wozny on January 7th, 2015 9:31 pm

Very fond memories of this very dear man. I knew Fr. Richard during his time in Ann Arbor in the 70’s. We shared love, laughs and zeal for God and God’s people. May his prayers continue to sustain us as we still sojourn here on earth. Rest in peace, dear friend.

Condolence from Sr. Ellen McCarthy, fcJ on January 8th, 2015 1:10 pm

Loving wishes to all who mourn the loss for Fr. Richard. And joyful thoughts as we celebrate a life lived for the service of god’s people and for God’s greater Glory. I an happy to have known Fr. Richard from my years at Cardinal Gibbons. Thank you Fr. D for all you did for the people of the church.

Condolence from Susan Rakoczy, IHM on January 9th, 2015 4:58 am

I knew D. Richard for many years, beginning with the Ann Arbor days. I remember our many good times together in Toronto in 1988-1989. During these past years we kept in touch only at Christmas and then other friends told me about his many health problems. May he rest in the fullness of God’s peace.

Condolence from Julie Caruth on January 9th, 2015 8:56 am

Good People will be remembered as a blessing. Proverbs 10: 7. Father Doherty was a blessing for all our children who attended Cardinal Gibbons. In addition to his work in the classroom he was interested in the whole person. He attended events outside school such as swim meets and was willing to go out to eat and listen to their concerns. Plus he was a very witty man. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Doris and Bart Noyes on January 9th, 2015 2:18 pm

Donna —
So very sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. Thinking of you. Love, Doris

Condolence from Mike O’Neill on January 28th, 2015 7:23 pm

I am very sad to have heard of Father Dohrety’s passing. I was a student at Cardinal Gibbons High School while he attended there. I will miss our talks that we had in his office during lunch while we shared crumpets and other delights that he always had to share. I was trying to look up his contact information and I found out I was too late. I have always thought of him often and will continue to remember the great times that we shared.

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