Vincent Dougherty, OFM
1930 – 1993
Fr. Vincent (Dermot) Dougherty, OFM, was born Feb. 14, 1930 in Philadelphia. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1950. Fr. Vincent professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1954 and was ordained in 1956.
His first assignment was to the Callicoon seminary, where he taught Latin and Greek. One year later, he volunteered for the missions of South America. Fr. Vincent spent the next six years in Brazil. He returned to Callicoon to serve as a teacher and assistant prefect of discipline, but in 1967, he volunteered to serve as a missionary in Bolivia. From 1967 until his death, Fr. Vincent labored in Bolivia, during which he joined the Bolivian Province.
He was totally involved in missionary life and spent most of his energies and talents in the formation program, and in the training of an indigenous clergy at the seminary that he helped establish. Fr. Vincent was known for his wonderful sense of humor, his even disposition and his dedication to the education of future priests.
He died on Feb. 4, 1993 in Lansdale, Pa. Fr. Vincent was 62 years old, a professed friar for 41 years and a priest for 36 years. He was the younger brother of Fr. Victor Dougherty, OFM, who died in 1967.