A message from Bishop McKenna about the death of Fr Joseph Dooley P.E.

Dear Friends in Christ, 

With sadness, gratitude and hope, I bring the news that Father Joseph Dooley P.E. died at St Catherine’s Home, Bathurst on Christmas Day 2020. He is survived by his brother, Monsignor Maurice Dooley, and by his sister Mrs Catherine Loughran.

Father Joe served in many parishes of the Diocese as an Assistant Priest; for ten years as Chaplain in the Royal Australian Air Force; Administrator of the Cathedral; as Parish Priest of Gilgandra, Cowra, Mudgee and Canowindra; and as Vicar General.

We give thanks for Joe’s great friendship and devoted priestly ministry, as we prepare for his funeral in the new year. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

+Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst 

A Requiem Mass for Fr Joe Dooley will be celebrated at the Assumption Church, Bathurst on Monday 4 January at 11:00am. The funeral will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.