In Remembrance
AFFIRMING AN INCLUSIVE PRIESTHOOD, ROOTED IN A REFORMED AND RENEWED CHURCH

Dooley, James Patrick

Indianapolis, IN
06-03-04

James Patrick Dooley slept into rebirth on June 3, 2004 at the age of 81. Jim was Pastor Emeritus of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Indianapolis and their guiding light through the sorrow of seeing their church building closed and then bulldozed. Jim helped this inner city parish understand more clearly the meaning that the church is the people of God. Very soon after the crushing blow from the catholic diocese, St. Bridgets community found a new home in the Episcopal Church just across the street from their old building.

Jim and his wife, Mary Catherine Gibson, have been long-time members of FCM. Their support has given life and endurance to the Federation during some of the snowy times we have experienced. From 1987 through 1990 Jim and Mary Catherine served as vice presidents of the huge territory known as the Midwest Region of FCM spread from the Mexican to the Canadian borders and from the Rockies to almost the Appalachians. Many, many catholic priests in transition found aid and guidance from Jim.

Professionally, Jim was first and foremost a pastor, a teacher, a psychologist. Dr. Dooley served the needs of many veterans during his twenty years at the Indianapolis VA Hospital.

The following poem from the poet Rumi sums up Jims belief:

I lived for thousands and thousands of years as a mineral, and then I died and became a plant.

I lived for thousands and thousands of years as a plant, and then I died and became an animal.

I lived for thousands and thousands of years as an animal, and then I died and became a human being.

Tell me, what have I ever lost by dying?

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