Bishop Timothy L. Doherty was installed as the bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette in-Indiana on July 15, 2010.
In 1972 he received a bachelor of arts degree from St. Ambrose University in
Davenport, Iowa and earned a baccalaureate in theology in 1975 from Pontifical Gregorian University during his seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill for the Diocese of Rockford (IL) in 1976. He completed his license (STL) in moral theology in 1982 at the Alfonsian Academy of the Lateran University in Rome. Loyola University Chicago awarded him a doctorate (PhD) in Christian Ethics in 1996.
Except for a one-year academic sabbatical, from 1976 to 1991 he was a member of the faculties at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, IL, and at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, IL, where he was also an assistant principal.
In 1995, Bishop Thomas G. Doran appointed him the diocesan ethicist for health care issues, a role that continued into 2010. From 1996 to 1999, he was an associate professor at OSF St. Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford.
In early 1999, he was the parochial administrator at St. James Parish in Lee, IL, and from June 1999 until June 2007 was pastor of St. Mary Parish in Byron, IL. In June 2007, he was appointed as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena, Dundee, and St. Mary Mission, Gilberts, IL.
He served as a diocesan priest representative to the Catholic Conference of Illinois, a board member of the Illinois Catholic Health Association and president of the national Conference of Diocesan Coordinators of Health Affairs (no longer extant). Until 2010, he participated in the Archdiocese of Chicago bioethics subcommittee and the system ethics committee of OSF Healthcare in Peoria.
Bishop Doherty is currently the chair-elect of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People. In the past, he served as a member of the Subcommittee for Healthcare Issues. He was the USCCB episcopal liaison to the Catholic Health Association of the United States Board of Trustees (2012- 2016). Bishop Doherty is an ex-officio board member of the Indiana Catholic Conference, and member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana.
Revised January 2017