Monsignor Doyle to address USD grads Monsignor James Michael Doyle, former chair of religious studies at The University of South Dakota, and current chaplain for the South Dakota Highway Patrol, will address the spring commencement exercises at The University of South Dakota on May 8.
The address, titled "For everything that has been � YES! with gratitude; for everything that will be � YES! with hope," will be the highlight of ceremonies scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.
Approximately 950 students are candidates for degrees that will be conferred by President James W. Abbott and Regent James O. Hansen.
Monsignor Doyle was reared in Lennox.�He graduated from St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul, Minn. and did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul also, before being ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Sioux Falls at its Cathedral in 1957.
After serving at parishes in Mitchell and Centerville, he did advanced graduate work in Theology at the University of San Francisco. He was appointed in 1967 as the chair of religious studies at The University of South Dakota in the College of Arts and Sciences.
He also served as director of the USD Newman Center and held both positions for the next 12 years. He will be given an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters by USD in recognition of his service to the university and state.
During his tenure at USD, Monsignor Doyle was twice elected by vote of the student body "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in India. Before leaving the university in 1979, he was selected by the faculty to receive the Annual Distinguished Service Award at commencement ceremonies that year.
In 1979, Monsignor Doyle was appointed founding pastor of St. Michael Parish in western Sioux Falls, and remained there for the next 10 years. That parish has grown to become the largest church of any denomination in the state, and will soon be divided into two parishes.
He also served as pastor of St. Mary in Sioux Falls, and St. Thomas More in Brookings.
In 1996, he was elevated to the rank of monsignor by the Vatican. For many years, he has served as chaplain for the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and he is a frequent contributing writer for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. In his retirement in Sioux Falls, he continues in part time priestly assignments.