SAN DIEGO — “… so I go on vacation and look what happens! Congrats John Dolan!”
That’s what Matt Dolan, director of information technology for the Diocese of San Diego, posted on Facebook April 19 in response to his brother’s appointment as San Diego’s new auxiliary bishop.
Dolan and his wife, Jean, were vacationing in Hawaii when they learned of the big news.
Though the new assignment will mean “a lot of extra work” for a priest who is “already a pretty busy guy,” Dolan believes his brother is more than up to the task.
“He’s built for service,” he said.
That passion for serving the Church, he explained, is something the Dolan children inherited from their parents, Gerald and Catherine, who were models of active parish involvement.
“If things need to be done, you just jump in and you do it,” Dolan said, summarizing his parents’ approach. “It was just part of the upbringing that we all were given.”
While his brother has served the Church as a priest, Dolan has done so through his technological savvy and through music ministry. In addition to his work for the diocese, he is also director of music at The Immaculata Parish.
“I think my parents wanted more of us to be priests than just the one, but they’re doing pretty good,” he quipped, noting that the family’s one priest is about to become a bishop.
The sixth of nine children, Dolan is the auxiliary bishop-elect’s senior by two and a half years.