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Induction Category & YearGeneral 2007
Home TownLennox, SD
Lake Benton, MN

   James Doyle
Champion of Excellence

 Msgr. James M. Doyle grew up in Lennox, South Dakota. He attended high school at St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul, MN, and continued his education at St. Paul Seminary, graduating and being ordained in 1957. His post-graduate study at the University of San Francisco prepared him for a career as a professor of religious studies in addition to his lifelong service in the priesthood. He was a Fulbright Scholar to India in 1977. His only sibling, Sister Margretta Doyle, OSB, and he both celebrated fifty years in their respective orders in 2007.

In Msgr. Doyle’s estimation, three accomplishments give him the greatest satisfaction. The first is bringing university students through the Vietnam era and teaching them through an academic and faith based approach that the church is not irrelevant. The second is founding St. Michael Parish in Sioux Falls, the largest church of any denomination in South Dakota, and the third- establishing with other denominations an ecumenical outreach to the poor. To the many that have been touched by the Monsignor, his greatest asset is his profound humanity.

Home Town (Lennox, SD)
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