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Three Priests of the Archdiocese to Retire
Msgr. William Bradley

Three priests of the archdiocese will retire on July 1, the Cardinal’s Office has announced.

They are: Msgr. James Doyle, senior priest administrator of St. Joseph’s parish, Bronxville; Msgr. Hilary Franco, senior priest administrator of St. Augustine’s, Ossining; and Msgr. William Bradley, senior priest administrator of Blessed Sacrament, New Rochelle.

Each had previously reached the normal retirement age of 75.

Retired Priests

Msgr. James Doyle had served since 1997 as pastor of St. Joseph’s, Bronxville. He was pastor of St. Margaret’s, Pearl River, 1985-1997, and St. Emeric’s, Manhattan, 1975-1983, where he was administrator, 1973-1975. He was administrator of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Manhattan, 1983-1985. He served as parochial vicar of Annunciation, Manhattan, 1968-1973, and Immaculate Conception, Yonkers, 1959-1968. He was ordained in 1959 and named a monsignor in 1995.

Msgr. Hilary Franco had served since 1994 as pastor of St. Augustine’s, Ossining. He earlier served for 24 years as an official of the Congregation for the Clergy at the Vatican and before that served for two years with the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See. He was assigned to the Apostolic Delegation in Washington, D.C, 1967-1968, and to the National Office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 1964-1967 He was parochial vicar at Our Lady of Victory, Mount Vernon, 1967, and Assumption, Staten Island, 1960-1964. He was ordained in 1955 in Bivogni, Italy, and incardinated in the archdiocese in 1966. He was named a monsignor in 1971.

Msgr. William Bradley had served since 1996 as pastor of Blessed Sacrament, New Rochelle. He was pastor of Our Lady of Mercy, Port Chester, 1983-1996, and St. Jude’s, Manhattan, 1972-1983, and for part of that time was also a chaplain for the New York City Police Department. He served as parochial vicar of Holy Name of Jesus, Manhattan, 1957-1972. He was ordained in 1957 and named a monsignor in 1995.


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