Archbishop John Francis Donoghue

Archbishop John Francis Donoghue was born in Washington, D.C. on August 9, 1928, the son of Daniel and Rose Ryan Donoghue. Both of his parents were natives of Ireland. He attended Park View School, Washington; Sacred Heart School, Washington; Gonzaga High School, St. Charles College, Catonsville, Maryland, and St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore. Following ordination, he did a year of graduate studies at The Catholic University of America School of Canon Law. He has the academic degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Bachelor of Canon Law and Licentiate of Canon Law. Archbishop Donoghue was ordained to the priesthood in St. Matthew Cathedral, Washington in 1955. He served as assistant pastor in churches in the Maryland area until 1964. After a year of graduate studies in canon law, he joined the staff of the Archdiocesan Chancery (Washington) where he was Chancellor/Vicar-General and served there until his appointment as Bishop of Charlotte. He served successively, the late Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle, William Cardinal Baum, now assigned to the Vatican, and the late James Cardinal Hickey. In 1970, he was given the papal rank of Chaplain to His Holiness with the title "Monsignor." A year later, he was further honored to be named a Prelate of Honor. Archbishop Donoghue was ordained bishop in 1984, becoming the second bishop of Charlotte, succeeding Bishop Michael Begley. He was named by Pope John Paul II to head the Archdiocese of Atlanta in August 1993, retired in late 2004, and died in November 2011. Each  bishop has a coat-of-arms and a motto. As Archbishop, he chose as his motto: "To live in Christ Jesus."