Victorian Dougherty, OFM
1926 – 1967
Fr. Victorian Dougherty, OFM, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Jan. 15, 1926. After graduating from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., Aug. 13, 1945.
He professed temporary vows Aug. 14, 1946, and made his profession of solemn vows on September 17, 1949. He was ordained a priest June 29, 1951, in Washington, D.C.
Fr. Victorian taught at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in Buffalo, N.Y., until 1957, and then served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 until 1962. In 1962, he was assigned to St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson and began his ministry on the Mission Band.
For five years, Fr. Victor preached missions and gave sisters’ retreats. Upon completing a retreat in Boston, he was admitted to Mercy Hospital, Rockville Centre, N.Y., where he was visiting friends.
He died in Mercy Hospital June 25, 1967, with his mother and his missionary-brother Vincent present. He was 41 years old, a professed friar for 20 years and a priest for almost 16 years.