Msgr. Doyle, 85, has been pastor of Sacred Heart since 1974, a time when he was known for his opposition to the Vietnam War. During his time at Sacred Heart he founded the housing non-profit Heart of Camden; hosted a visit by Saint Teresa of Kolkata; and built support for his South Camden parish among Catholics who live in the suburbs.
An eloquent advocate for the poor who is renowned for his personal charm, Msgr. Doyle has been profiled on “60 Minutes” and in several documentaries, including one narrated by the actor and activist Martin Sheen, who visited the parish in 2008.
Born in Ireland, Msgr. Doyle was ordained there on May 31, 1959, and came to the United State the same year. After serving as parochial vicar at Saint Raymond Parish, Villas, 1959-61, he served several years in education, first at Camden Catholic High School, and then Holy Spirit High School in Absecon.
Before his longtime appointment to Sacred Heart, he was parochial vicar at several other Camden parishes: Saint Joseph, 1968-72; Saint George, 1972-73; and Saint Joan of Arc, 1973-74.