FR. WILLIAM DEAN DOOLEY O.P.

FR. WILLIAM DEAN DOOLEY O.P.

Newman Clubs serve as a center for Catholic students attending non-Catholic colleges and Universities. In Washington Bishop O’Dea, in 1908, invited the Dominicans to serve the students at the University of Washington, Seattle, and they have staffed the Newman Center there since.  

I was a freshman at the University of Washington in 1954 and I got involved in the Newman Club where I first met a charismatic priest, Fr. Bill Dooley, who was Chaplin there. Father William Dean Dooley O.P. Dominic served as the Chaplin at the University of Washington Newman Club from 1941 to 1948 and again from 1948 to 1960. The "O.P." refers to Order of Preachers and Fr. Dooley knew how to preach. He was an experienced speaker who could debate with the best. He was also a very spiritual and holy man who was a model of what a priest ought to be like. He played an important part in my life while I attended college and was searching for my role in life. He was a source of good advice and strength at a time I needed it. William Dean Dolley died February 2, 1974 after a lifetime devoted to spiritual help for others. This is in honor of him.

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