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Monsignor Bernard Doyle RIP

Bernard Doyle Tuesday 5 January 2016

The University is saddened to hear of the of the death of Fr Bernard Doyle, the last Principal of Christ's College, one of Hope's founding Colleges.

Fr. Doyle was Principal from 1965 until his retirement in 1985 by which time Christ's had become part of the ecumenical foundation Liverpool Institute of Higher Education which was to be renamed Liverpool Hope in 1995.

Fr Doyle retained a keen interest in the development of Hope after his retirement, attending many events and participating in alumni relations.

At the University's Foundation Day service in 2006 to celebrate the achievement of University title, Fr Doyle was conferred with an Honorary Senior Fellowship of the University for his hugely significant contributions to the growth and success of the University.

Monsignor Bernard Doyle will be remembered as one of the 20th Century's important figures in Catholic education. After ordination as a priest at Ushaw, Fr Doyle completed an MA at St Edmund Hall, Cambridge before teaching at St Bede's Catholic Grammar School in Bradford where he had been a pupil.

He went on to establish St Thomas Aquinas School in Leeds, where he was headteacher until he moved to Liverpool to begin his long association with Hope.

The University community keeps Fr Doyle in its prayers and will find a suitable occasion to remember his contributions in due course.  

Details of Fr Doyle's funeral have been announced by the Diocese of Leeds, along with a full tribute on its website.

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