Cath News report: Emeritus Bishop of Bathurst Patrick Dougherty, who led the diocese from 1983 to 2008, died last night from lung cancer. He was 78.
Patrick Dougherty was born in Kensington, NSW on November 21, 1931, the second of four sons born to Madge and William Dougherty. He was ordained priest in Rome in 1954 and completed his doctoral studies there in 1957. He was Assistant Priest at St Mel's, Campsie for one year and returned to Rome to research the life of Mary Potter, founder of the Little Company of Mary.
He spent the next decade working in the formation of priests, first at St Columba's College, Springwood, then at Propaganda Fide College, Rome.
In 1963 Patrick Dougherty's book, Mother Mary Potter, Foundress of the Little Company of Mary, was published.
In 1970 he again returned to Australia, having been appointed to the newly established Secretariat of the Australian Episcopal Conference in Canberra. He was ordained a Bishop in 1976 and from then until 1983 served as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and the Secretary of the Australian Episcopal Conference.
He was appointed Bishop of Bathurst in 1983.