Rev. William N. Dougherty, OSFS

Rev. William N. Dougherty, OSFS

First Profession:
September 7, 1955

Final Profession:
December 8, 1958

April 3, 1965

Faculty, Northeast Catholic High School, Bishop Ireton High School, Paul VI High School; Parochial Vicar, St. John Neumann

Present Ministry:
Retired – St. John Neumann – Diocese of Arlington

Personality by Pixels

Pope Francis has called for a jubilee Year of Mercy. How do you experience the mercy of God in your life?
By the caring and support of the OSFS community and the parish community in all of the experiences of my life.

With many experience of violence in the world and in our country, what is one way that you see Salesian gentleness as a healing agent?
Sharing Salesian Spirituality with the parish community – spiritual direction.

What is the most recent book you read? Who was the author, and what did you think of it?
The Great Reformer by Austen Ivereigh.

What is the most challenging dimension of Salesian Spirituality for you?
Accepting everyone as having value and influence in my life.

If you were pope, what would be one decision you would make to impact church in a life-giving way?
Welcoming alienated, divorced and remarried back to the sacraments.

What gives you joy as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
Our positive attitude even in the face of adversity.

If someone were to write a biography of your life, what title would you give it?
Finding fulfillment in ordinary things.

Which person taught you a lesson that is especially valuable to you? What was the lesson?
My mother (who died at 101) – God has a purpose and a plan for you at every stage and event of your life.