Adrian Leo Doyle

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The Most Reverend

Adrian Leo Doyle

Archbishop of Hobart
Installed26 August 1999
Term ended19 July 2013
PredecessorEric D'Arcy
SuccessorJulian Porteous
Other postsCoadjutor Archbishop of Hobart (1998-1999)
Ordination20 December 1961
Consecration6 February 1998
Personal details
Born (1936-11-16) 16 November 1936 (age 82)
Hobart, Tasmania
DenominationRoman Catholic
Styles of
Adrian Doyle
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Grace
Religious styleArchbishop
Posthumous stylenot applicable

Adrian Leo Doyle AM (born 16 November 1936) is an Australian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the tenth Archbishop of Hobart.

Early life and education[edit]

Adrian Doyle was born in Hobart, Tasmania, to Leo and Gertrude (née O'Donnell) Doyle.[1] He attended St. Mary's College in Hobart, Sacred Heart College in New Town, and St. Virgil's College in Hobart before entering Corpus Christi College in Werribee, Victoria, in March 1955.[1] He studied at the Collegio Propaganda Fide in Rome, where he was ordained as a priest by Grégoire-Pierre Cardinal Agagianian on 20 December 1961.[2] He later earned a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1965.[1]

Priestly ministry[edit]

Doyle served on the Marriage Tribunal for the Hobart Archdiocese (1966–1998) He has been a judge on the Appeal Tribunal, President of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand, assistant priest at Invermay, Bellerive, and St Mary's Cathedral, and parish priest at Sandy Bay-Taroona (1974–1990).[1]

He was chaplain to the Italian community in Hobart from (1973–1998), director of Renew (1990–1992), dean of the southern region (1982–1989), chancellor of the Archdiocese (1988–1996), and vicar general of the Archdiocese (1996–1998).[1]

Archbishop of Hobart[edit]

On 10 November 1997, Doyle was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Hobart by Pope John Paul II.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on 6 February 1998 from Archbishop Eric D'Arcy. He later succeeded Archbishop D'Arcy as the tenth Archbishop of Hobart upon the latter's resignation on 26 July 1999.[2]

Doyle has worked on the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC),[1] and on 26 January 2009 became a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the Catholic Church in Australia and to the community, particularly as Archbishop of Hobart and through Caritas programs supporting international aid to developing countries.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Archbishop Adrian L. Doyle AM DD". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hobart. 2009. Archived from the original on 18 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Archbishop Adrian Leo Doyle". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Search Australian Honours: DOYLE, Adrian Leo". It's An Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Eric D'Arcy
Archbishop of Hobart
Succeeded by
Julian Porteous