A popular priest in Morpeth has recently enjoyed a milestone birthday and anniversary.
He is officially ‘retired’, but Fr Jim Doherty still says Mass for the Roman Catholic Parish of St Robert of Newminster.
Within the space of a few weeks, he celebrated his 90th birthday and reached the 65th anniversary of his ordination.
As a young boy, Fr Doherty was an altar server under Father Kershaw and very soon realised that he wished to become a priest.
Following a year at St Cuthbert’s Grammar School, the then 12-year-old transferred to Ushaw College to begin many years of training and extensive theology, literature, history and classical language studies.
He was ordained in 1951 and then became parish priest in a number of Northumberland and Durham towns, including Alnwick, Consett and West Auckland.
Fr Doherty came to Morpeth after retiring in 2002, but ‘retirement’ has meant the exact opposite in the parish.
For leisure, he loves walking, being with his extended family and keeping up-to-date with his computer and all IT developments.