Archbishop Adrian Doyle (1999 - 2013)

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Adrian Leo Doyle was born on November 16, 1936, Hobart, son of the late Gertrude (nee O'Donnell) and Leo Doyle and brother to Moya (Mrs Hickey, Brisbane) and Brian (Melbourne).

He was educated at St Mary's College, Hobart; Sacred Heart College, New Town; St Virgil's College, Hobart, before starting studies for the priesthood on March 1, 1955, at Corpus Christi College, Werribee, Vic.

He transferred to Collegio Propaganda Fide, Rome, in September 1956, and was ordained priest on December 20, 1961, in Rome, by Cardinal Gregory Peter Agagianian, with the then Fr Eric D'Arcy as his sponsor. He completed a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Gregorian University, Rome, in June 1965 and returned to Tasmania later that year.

His appointments have included responsibility for the Marriage Tribunal 1966 - 98; Judge on the Appeal Tribunal; President of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand, 1991 - 94; assistant priest at Invermay, Bellerive and St Mary's Cathedral; and parish priest, at Sandy Bay-Taroona, 1974 - 1990.

He was chaplain to the Italian community in Hobart from 1973 until his episcopal ordination. He was the Director of Renew, 1990 - 92; Dean of the southern region, 1982 - 1989; Chancellor of the Archdiocese, 1988 -1996; Vicar General, 1996 - 98.

On February 6, 1998, he was ordained a Bishop to become Coadjutor Archbishop of Hobart. On July 26, 1999, he became Archbishop of Hobart when Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Archbishop Eric D'Arcy.

His installation as the 10th Archbishop of Hobart was on August 26, 1999, in St Mary's Cathedral. In addition to his Episcopal responsibilities within the Archdiocese of Hobart, Archbishop Doyle also fulfils a number of key roles as a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC).

In 2006 Archbishop Doyle was re-elected as a member of the Permanent Committee of the ACBC (formerly known as the Central Commission of the ACBC) and as Chairman of the Bishop’s Commission for Caritas.

In previous years His Grace has been Chairman of the ACBC Bishops Committee for Social Welfare, Chairman of the National Committee of Caritas Australia and Chairman of the Board of Management, Pastoral Research Projects of the ACBC. He also has been a Member of the ACBC Bishops Committee for Justice Development and Peace.

In 2005 he was one of two representatives of the ACBC at the Synod of Bishops held in Rome. Archbishop Doyle has also represented the ACBC at regional gatherings of Bishops in South Korea and Fiji.

Along with the Bishops of the Province of Melbourne, Archbishop Doyle is a Trustee of Corpus Christi College, the Seminary for Victoria and Tasmania. As Archbishop of Hobart, he also has led delegations of young Tasmanians attending World Youth Day celebrations in Toronto, Cologne, Sydney and, more recently, Madrid.

Archbishop Adrian L. Doyle's comments in relation to his Crest:

Coat of Arms:  Symbols of Tasmania (lion), Community/Eucharist (loaves and fish), Letter to the Romans 12, 5-6, (the reading for Tuesday week 31, the day after I was informed of the appointment)

Motto: "Fidelity (faithfulness) and Love"
"Lord I thank you, for your faithfulness and love" (sung)
This is a common phrase in the Old Testament, (steadfast love and faithfulness)
Books of Genesis, Exodus, 2 Samuel
Psalms 25, 89, 137 (24 in all)
Proverbs (loyalty and faithfulness)
Jeremiah ("I have loved you with an everlasting love..")
Isaiah, Lamentations, Hosea, Micah, Zechariah.

The Fidelity and Love of Christ
• It is important always to place Christ in our focus, in the central position. The statement of the Bishops on the Murray-Darling speaks of Galilee as being the place where Jesus encountered God and lived a life of love and fidelity before God.
• Love and Fidelity are words with very precious meanings. they incorporate the giving of ourselves in generosity and in trust. They involve loyalty in relationships, and care for others in our relationships. The breakdown of trust has been one of the most serious components of the sexual abuse issue.
• Love may be the easier word to accept in today's climate.  It touches on our personal lives, on those who are in our own network, it draws us towards those who are in need of our love and it inspires a practical response such as in Project Compassion.
• Fidelity/Faithfulness is probably more related to the "head". It gives us direction and purpose, and is necessary as "the heart."