The episcopal vicar for the Diocese of Bridgeport, Monsignor Jerald Doyle was chosen as the administrator of the diocese until a new bishop is named.
That process is expected to take 8-10 months. Doyle, 68 and a Bridgeport native, reflects on his new post tending to the spiritual needs of Fairfield County’s 450,000 Roman Catholics:
“Being named Diocesan Administrator is not something that happens in the
lifetime of every priest. I’ve been a priest for 43 years, and I’m pleased
to help keep the Diocese on an even keel until a new Bishop comes on board.
“The nature of the job basically is to keep the Diocese operating and to be
sustain things that were already underway, but not to initiative any major
projects that would be the prerogative of the next bishop. Of course, we never know what kind of unexpected challenges we may face.”
“In many ways, a lot of what I’ll be doing was what I was doing before hand in
the general administration of the diocese. I’ll have the full support of
the senior leadership team of the diocese, which was put together by
Archbishop Lori and is still in place to manage our schools, charities and