Daniel Dolan

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His Excellency, the Most Reverend
Daniel L. Dolan
Traditional Catholic Bishop
Ordination 29 June 1976
by Marcel Lefebvre
Consecration November 30, 1993
by Mark Pivarunas
Personal details
Born (1951-05-28) 28 May 1951 (age 66)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Styles of
Daniel Dolan
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Ordination history of
Daniel Dolan
Priestly ordination
Ordained by Marcel Lefebvre
Date of ordination June 29, 1976
Place of ordination The International Seminary of Saint Pius X, Écône, Switzerland
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated by Mark Pivarunas
Date of consecration November 30, 1993
Place of consecration St. Gertrude the Great, Sharonville, Ohio

Daniel Lytle Dolan (born May 28, 1951) is a sedevacantist Traditionalist Catholic bishop.[1]

A Detroit, Michigan native, Dolan began his preparation for the priesthood in 1965 at the archdiocesan minor seminary in Detroit. He continued his studies in the Cistercian Order and at the seminary of the Society of Saint Pius X in Écône, Switzerland, where he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre on June 29, 1976. As a seminarian at Écône in autumn 1973, he came to the conclusion that "the only logical explanation" for the New Mass and the alleged heresy of the Second Vatican Council was that Pope Paul VI had lost the Roman pontificate.[2]

Since then he has held the position of sedevacantism regarding Paul VI and his successors. In early 1977, Dolan returned to the United States where he would establish more than 35 traditionalist Mass centers. In early 1983, Archbishop Lefebvre directed the SSPX's American priests to follow the liturgical books of 1962. Lefebvre insisted that priests publicly affirm their allegiance to Pope John Paul II, which the sedevacantists among them, including nine American priests, including Dolan, refused. They were promptly expelled from the SSPX. These priests formed the Society of St. Pius V. Dolan continued his work at his principal church in West Chester, Ohio. In 1989, Dolan initiated contacts with the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen. Subsequent discussions revealed agreement on major theological issues. On November 30, 1993, Bishop Mark Pivarunas, a Thục-line bishop of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen, consecrated Father Dolan as bishop. Dolan serves Saint Gertrude the Great Roman Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as in sedevacantist communities in the United States, Mexico and Europe.[3]


  1. ^ "Some Catholics hold fast to tradition". St. Petersburg Times. 27 December 2003. p. 8. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Biographical Information". Traditional Latin Mass Resources Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Current Apostolate". Traditional Latin Mass Resources Retrieved August 4, 2013. 

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