To tears from his parishioners, a man of the cloth and for the people of Camden is retiring — at 85
by Valerie Russ,
Msgr. Michael J. Doyle (the Irish Chamber’s 2016 Uachtarán Award honoree) came to Sacred Heart Church in Camden in 1974 and saw a city ravaged by poverty and white flight.
Many of the church’s white parishioners had fled to Pennsauken, or Cherry Hill, or other South Jersey suburbs.
As a result, both the church and Sacred Heart School struggled to stay afloat. About 80% of the school’s current students are not Catholic.
But poverty did not scare Father Michael, as his congregation calls him. He was born in Ireland on a farm, the second of five children.