Rev. John Doyle

Rev. John L. Doyle

Tuesday, January 11th, 1927 - Sunday, January 12th, 2020
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Rev. John L. Doyle, 93, a priest of the archdiocese of Boston for 68 years who worked with the poor people of Bolivia for 24 years and then came home to continue that work in Boston, died on January 12, 2020. “I decided I wanted to spend my last years with people who are up against it,” he said, and he sought assignments in bilingual parishes with large Hispanic and minority congregations.

After returning from Bolivia, he was assigned to St. Patrick’s in Brockton, followed by his last full-time assignment as pastor of St. Peter’s Parish in Dorchester. He was involved in community organizing and social justice work through the Brockton Interfaith Coalition and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. After retiring, Fr. Doyle preached and offered Sunday Mass at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in East Boston, where he was especially beloved.
Born on January 11, 1927, Fr. Doyle was the son of the late Donald Joseph and Mary Catherine (MacDonald) Doyle. His parents immigrated from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and met in Boston.

Doyle attended St. Mark elementary school, Boston Latin School and St. John’s Seminary. He was ordained in 1952 and served in North Reading and Chelsea, then accepted a missions assignment in Vernal Utah for five years before joining the Society of St. James to work in Latin America.

He was the oldest of six children and was deeply beloved by his extended family and many friends and parishioners, including: his late brother Donald J. Doyle and his late wife Margaret of Oxford Florida, his sister Sr. Mary L. Doyle, SND of Ipswich; his sister Catherine Muirhead and her late husband Donald, now of Middleboro, his sister Anne Kenney and her late husband Joseph, now of Sharon and his brother James S. Doyle and late wife Ann, of Gaithersburg Maryland.

He is survived by his three sisters and his brother, James, by three generations of nieces and nephews, and by close friends Martin and Cheri Andes of Framingham and their sons.

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting on Friday 2:00 to 4:00pm at Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston and 5:00 to 7:00pm in Most Holy Redeemer Church, 72 Maverick St., Boston with a mass to commence at 7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10:00am in St. Joseph Catholic Church 68 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston. Interment to follow New Calvary Cemetery 800 Harvard Street, Boston. MA.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Regina Cleri Residence
    60 William Cardinal O'Connell Way
    Boston, MA 02114
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Most Holy Redeemer Church
    72 Maverick Street
    East Boston, MA 02128
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    A Spanish Mass will be held at 7:00pm.
  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Joseph Church - Boston
    68 William Cardinal O'Connell Way
    Boston, MA 02114
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  • Interment

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 |
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020
    New Calvary Cemetery
    800 Harvard Street
    Boston, MA
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Trish Moore

Posted at 02:06pm
Dear Doyle Family.
My parents, Gene and Joanne Moore of Attleboro, were great friends of Father Doyle. I think he first met my father when my mother was in the hospital having the first or second of the 8 of us. My father was worrying and walking around the hospital (before the days where dads were allowed in the delivery room) when he ran into Father Doyle. They became great friends and stayed in touch during Fr. John's postings in Bolivia. My youngest brother, Sean Doyle Moore, was named after Fr. John and my folks waited until he was almost a year old for Fr. John to come back to the area so he could baptize him! Fr. John officiated at my sister Terry's wedding and he made the trip to Attleboro to help us lay our parents to rest in 2008 and 2011. His presence and his personal sermon/eulogy meant so much to us. We are saddened to hear of his passing and so grateful for his presence in our lives. Trish Moore


Posted at 03:25pm
Father John had a heart of gold and was such a great listener he was a great friend of the Latin community of East Boston. May he be resting in the lords' arms.

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