Pope Appoints Dons Alumni Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego

Congratulations to Fr. John Dolan from the class of 1981 on being named the auxiliary bishop of San Diego by Pope Francis. Fr. Dolan celebrates Mass often at Cathedral Catholic High School, we would all like to congratulate him on his success.

Once a Don, Always a Don!

From Catholic News Agency:

As for San Diego’s new auxiliary, bishop-elect John Dolan was born June 8, 1962, in the diocese he will serve.

He completed his studies in philosophy at the Saint Francis seminary and the University of San Diego in 1985. His theological studies, however, were done at the Saint Patrick seminary in Menlo Park, and completed in 1989.

Fr. Dolan was ordained a priest for the San Diego diocese July 1, 1989, and afterward served as Parochial Vicar for the parishes of Saint Michael in San Diego and Santa Sophia in Spring Valley.

In 1992, he was named Director of Priestly Vocations, a position he held for two years. In 1996, he was named pastor of Saint Mary Star of the Sea parish in Oceanside.

He then served as pastor for several other parishes around the diocese until his 2016 appointment as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and pastor of Saint John Parish in San Diego. In addition to English, the new bishop-elect also speaks Spanish.