John Francis Donoghue

John Francis Donoghue served as the Fifth Archbishop and Sixth Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta in the United States of America. He was born in Washington, D.C. on August 9 1928, to Daniel and Rose Ryan Donoghue. On June 4 1955, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington. Then Father Donoghue served in a variety of parish assignments and also filled the offices of Chancellor and Vicar General for that Archdiocese. He worked closely with Washington Archbishops Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle, William Cardinal Baum, and James Cardinal Hickey.

Archbishop Donoghue was consecrated a bishop in 1984, following his appointment by Pope John Paul II as the second bishop of Charlotte. On August 19 1993 he was installed as the fifth Archbishop of Atlanta. He led the Archdiocese for over ten years, with his reign bearing great fruits, especially through an emphasis on Eucharistic Renewal and Catholic Education. Archbishop Donoghue retired on December 9 2004, to be succeeded by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory.

Archbishop Donoghue's episcopal motto is "To live in Christ Jesus."


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