Titular Bishop of Halicarnassus
Auxiliary Bishop of Providence to Rt. Rev. Mathew Harkins
Consecrated April 28, 1915-Died January 3, 1916
Bishop Thomas Francis Doran was born on October 4, 1856 in Barrington, the son of James and Catherine (Nolan) Doran. He completed his studies at Mount St. Mary’s College/ Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was ordained
on July 4, 1880 in St. Charles Church in Woonsocket by Bishop Thomas F. Hendricken.
He served in several pastoral positions in the Diocese of Providence; as assistant pastor, St. Mary, Newport, (1980); as chancellor (1887); pastor, St. Edward Parish, Providence (1893) ;Vicar General (1894); pastor, Immaculate Conception, Providence (1894); rector, Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul (1896); Pastor, St. Joseph, Providence (1899). He was treasurer and chief financial officer for St. Joseph Hospital and served on several diocesan boards and committees.
Bishop Doran was commissioned First Lieutenant and chaplain of the Second Regiment, Rhode Island Militia in 1888 and accompanied the Regiment and the Brigade to the annual encampments at Oakland Beach. He continued with the Regiment until 1895.
In 1905 he was named Domestic Prelate with the title Monsignor by the Holy See and in 1911 he was named Prothonotary Apostolic, the highest honor given to a prelate.
Bishop Matthew Harkins consecrated him on April 28, 1915 in Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence.