Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Fr. James (Jim) Doherty RIP

Fr. James (Jim) Doherty RIP


It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Father James (Jim) Doherty, aged 92, on Friday 12 April 2019.


Fr. Jim was ordained to the priesthood on the 22 July 1951. He has faithfully served the people of our Diocese in the following parishes:


Alnwick: St. Mary, September 1951 - September 1954
West Auckland: St. Philomena (Supply), September 1954 - January 1955
Houghton-le-Spring: St. Michael, January 1955 - October 1962
Crook: Our Lady Immaculate & St. Cuthbert, October 1962 - March 1966
South Moor: St. Mary, March 1966 - August 1969

Parish Priest:
Witton Park: St. Chad, August 1969 - April 1977
Moorside: St. Pius X, April 1977 - December 2002


Fr. Jim retired to St. Robert’s, Morpeth in December 2002.

Fr. Jim’s body will be received into St. Robert’s, Morpeth on Wednesday 1 May at 7.00pm and Mass will be celebrated. His Requiem Mass will be on Thursday 2 May at 12.00pm at St. Robert’s, Morpeth followed by burial at Fairmoor Cemetery.


May he rest in peace.


Clergy interested in attending the Requiem Mass can read the full death notice here.