Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Father Thomas J. Doyle, S.J., who will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination into the Society of Jesus on June 30, 1996.
Father Doyle, a product of the Philadelphia community, attended the Gesu Grammar School, Roman Catholic High School, and St. Joseph's Preparatory School before deciding to serve God and the community. Upon his graduation from St. Joseph's in 1933, Father Doyle entered the Society of Jesus. After performing his priestly studies in Toronto, Canada, he was ordained on June 30, 1946, by James Cardinal McGuligan. Father Doyle returned to Philadelphia to celebrate his first mass at Our Lady of Mercy Church before traveling the world as an educator, mission director, editor, and preacher.
Since returning to Old St. Joseph's Church in 1967, Father Doyle has become a pillar of the Philadelphia Community. He has served as chaplain to the Federation of Irish Societies of the Delaware Valley, the Irish Society, Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Father Doyle was honored as the 1992 Hibernian of the year for his selfless dedication to the community and willingness to help those in need.
Father Thomas Patrick Joseph Doyle epitomizes the Jesuit ideals. Today, I join his friends in offering both thanks and congratulations for his years of dedicated service.
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