Stephen Doyle, OFM
1934 – 2010
Fr. Stephen Doyle was born on Aug. 12, 1934 in Philadelphia. In 1950, he entered St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y. He was received into the Order at St. Raphael’s Novitiate, Lafayette, N.J., in 1955 and professed simple vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1959 and was ordained in 1962.
In 1963, he received his licentiate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America, Washington. Fr. Stephen taught at St. John Vianney Seminary, East Aurora, N.Y., from 1963 to 1965 and Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora from 1967 to 1969. He served as a member of the retreat team at Christ House, Lafayette, until 1971, after which he taught scripture and homiletics at Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass. For the next four years, he was a member of the novitiate team at St. Francis Friary, Brookline, Mass.
For more than three decades, Fr. Stephen gave workshops on sacred scripture and preaching. He presented at locations throughout North America and in Latin America, Ireland, India and Japan. In addition to making contributions to New Catholic Encyclopedia and Catholic Biblical Quarterly, he published a number of books, made frequent appearances on radio and television, and produced a series of videos on the Bible, preaching and the Holy Land.
From 1988 to 1990, he served as director of programs for continuing education of clergy at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Israel. He moved to St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, retiring to St. Anthony Residence across the street in 2006.
He died on Oct. 8, 2010 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Fr. Stephen was 76 years old, a professed friar for 54 years and a priest for 48 years.