Most Reverend John F. Donoghue
Monday, November 14, 2011
Posted by: Katie Richards
Retired Archbishop John Francis Donoghue, Archbishop for the
Archdiocese of Atlanta from 1993 until his retirement in 2004, died
Friday, November 11 at the age of 83.
The archdiocese said Saturday that Donoghue will lie in state at the
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 353 Peachtree St. NE in Atlanta
from 10 a.m. Wednesday until 10:00 a.m. Thursday.
On Thusday, there will be a procession of the body from the basilica
to the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road NE, where a
funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m.
Donoghue was Atlanta’s fifth archbishop and was succeeded by current Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. He attended St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained to the
priesthood in Washington in 1955. He studied for a licentiate in canon
law in 1964 and for 18 years served under three Washington cardinals. He
was chancellor, vicar general and secretary for support services of the
Archdiocese of Washington from 1972 until 1983.
Pope John Paul II appointed Donoghue bishop of Charlotte, N.C., in
1984, and nine years later he was appointed archbishop of Atlanta after
the death of Archbishop James P. Lyke in December 1992. Donoghue was
installed as Atlanta's fifth archbishop on Aug. 19, 1993. He retired on
Dec. 9, 2004.
Donoghue has been a member of the Canon Law Society since 1965.
Please remember Archbishop Donoghue in your prayers and masses. May he rest in peace.
Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For a more in-depth article regarding Archbishop Donoghue's life and death, please visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution website.