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Bachelor of Arts in History (Summa cum laude) from St. Louis University
Master of Arts in Philosophical Resources (Summa cum laude) from Fordham University
Master of Divinity and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (both Summa cum laude) from St. Patrick’s Seminary & University
License in Sacred Theology (Insigni cum laude) from the Université de Fribourg
Currently studying in doctoral program at the Université de Fribourg
Fr. Mark Doherty was raised with his brothers in the Richmond District of San Francisco. He attended the Lycée français, Saint Monica School, and Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, spending most summers living with relatives in France. With an intent on a career in the foreign service, Mark then took up International Relations and French studies at the University of California at Davis. However, he later withdrew from university to enter the Jesuit novitiate in Culver City. During his ten years as a Jesuit, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History (Summa cum laude) from St. Louis University College of Arts & Sciences, studied philosophy and theology at Centre Sèvres, facultés jésuites de Paris, and earned a Master of Arts in Philosophical Resources (Summa cum laude) from Fordham University. He also taught moral theology and political philosophy and coached soccer at Jesuit High School of Sacramento, and was Chaplain-resident at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics.
During his summers, Fr. Doherty taught English at Colegio Sao Jose, Dili in East Timor, served as an Intern to the Apostolic Nuncio during the UN Economic Social Council at the Holy See Mission to the United Nations in New York, was a crisis pregnancy counselor in the Bronx, New York, taught an SAT Prep course at Bellarmine College Preparatory and English to university and post-graduate students at St. Michael, Saigon, Vietnam, and was employed in the office of the President of Santa Clara University. After being transitioned out of the Jesuits in 2010, he taught U.S. History at Marin Catholic High School before entering St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in 2011, where he earned a Master of Divinity and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (both Summa cum laude).
Fr. Doherty was ordinated to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on June 7, 2014. Following his ordination, Fr. Doherty served as parochial vicar at St. Peter Parish in San Francisco while serving as the chaplain at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, where he also was responsible for liturgies and sacramental ministry. In 2015, Fr. Doherty also assumed the role of parochial vicar at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in San Francisco. Archbishop Cordileone asked Fr. Doherty to begin his doctoral studies in Moral Theology in 2016. He was accepted into the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland, where he has been undertaking studies for the past four years. In 2018, he earned a License in Sacred Theology (Insigni cum laude) from the Université de Fribourg. Having earned his canonical license, the faculty of theology of the Université de Fribourg accepted him into their doctoral program. He was also hired as the "assistant diplomé" to the Chair of Fundamental Moral Theology, a post he occupied until his relocation to St. Patrick Seminary in August, 2020.
Fr. Doherty is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.