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Bishop Emeritus Doran of the Diocese of Rockford dies

Thomas G. Doran, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, died Thursday at his home.

Doran was 80, and living at Presence Cor Mariae Center for Independent Living in Rockford, according to a news release from the Diocese of Rockford. The diocese consists of DeKalb County and many neighboring counties.

Doran was appointed Bishop of the Rockford Diocese on April 19, 1994, and served until his March 2012 retirement.

Doran’s successor, Bishop David J. Malloy, said in a statement: “… I wish to express my own sorrow at the loss of my predecessor and friend. I express as well my sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Bishop Doran, especially his sister Susanne. At the same time, this is a moment to thank God for the gift of such a faithful servant to Our Lord, the Church and the Diocese of Rockford.”

Doran was ordained as a priest in 1961, and had also worked as a high school teacher, according to the news release.

Services will be held for Doran from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford.

Public viewing will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9. His funeral Mass will be celebrated by Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese at 11 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Cathedral of St. Peter.

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