Pope Francis appoints new bishop for the Diocese of Phoenix
“I am grateful to the Lord who has blessed me with the love of my parents and family, my dear friends and the many priests, deacons, religious, parishioners and all those with whom I have served in the diocese. of San Diego. I am especially grateful to Cardinal-designate Robert W. McElroy, Bishop of San Diego, and Auxiliary Bishop Ramon Bejarano with whom I shared a common joy in the Lord. San Diego is blessed to have these men of God.
“Finally, I am truly grateful to God for Bishop Thomas Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo Nevares who warmly welcomed me to the Diocese of Phoenix. Please pray for the three of us as we journey together on mission in Christ!
Growing up in San Diego, Bishop Dolan attended local Catholic schools in St. Mary Magdalene Parish and University High School, before attending St. Francis Seminary and the University of San Diego, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. . He received a master’s degree in theology and theology from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California.
“I rejoice in the appointment by the Holy Father of Bishop John Dolan as Bishop of Phoenix,” said Cardinal-designate Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego. “He is a man of deep faith, pastoral wisdom and enormous energy. Moreover, there is a deep joy in his soul which reflects the grace of God and the wonderful love of his parents and of his family. Bishop Dolan has served as pastor of six very diverse parishes within the Diocese of San Diego, and to each he has brought leadership, prayer, collaboration, creativity and unity. As Vicar of the Clergy in our diocese, he has deepened the solidarity of our presbyterium and enhanced the personal welfare of our priests and deacons.The Catholic community of Phoenix receives a true Shepherd of Jesus Christ as their leader.
Ordained a priest on July 1, 1989 by Bishop Leo T. Maher, Bishop Dolan began as an associate pastor at St. Michael’s Parish in Paradise Hills, California, before serving at Santa Sophia in Spring Valley, Calif., St. Rose de Lima in Chula Vista, CA, St. Mary Star of the Sea in Oceanside, CA, and St. Michael’s Parish in Poway, CA, St. John the Evangelist and St. Vincent de Paul Parishes in Hillcrest, CA, and Mission Hills, California. He is the seventh of nine children in his family, born to Catherine and Gerald Dolan.