Daniel Dolan

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Daniel Dolan
ChurchSaint Gertrude the Great Church, West Chester, Ohio, U.S.
Ordination29 June 1976
by Marcel Lefebvre
Consecration30 November 1993
by Mark Pivarunas
Personal details
Born (1951-05-28) 28 May 1951 (age 70)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Alma materThe International Seminary of Saint Pius X, Econe, Switzerland
MottoZelus domus tuae (Zeal for thy house [Ps. 68:10/69:9])
Coat of armsDaniel Dolan's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Daniel Dolan
Priestly ordination
Ordained byMarcel Lefebvre
Date29 June 1976
PlaceThe International Seminary of Saint Pius X, Écône, Switzerland
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byMark Pivarunas
Date30 November 1993
PlaceSaint Gertrude the Great Church, West Chester, Ohio, U.S.
Styles of
Daniel Dolan
Coat of arms of Bishop Daniel Dolan.png
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleYour Excellency

Daniel Lytle Dolan (born 28 May 1951) is an American sedevacantist bishop.[1]


Daniel Lytle Dolan was born on 28 May 1951, in Detroit, Michigan, United States.

In 1965, he began his preparation for the priesthood at the archdiocesan minor seminary in Detroit. He continued his studies in the Cistercian Order and at the seminary of the traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) in Écône, Switzerland.

In 1973, as a seminarian at Écône, he came to the conclusion that "the only logical explanation" for the New Mass and the alleged heresy of the Second Vatican Council was that Pope Paul VI had lost the Roman pontificate.[2] Since then he has held the position of sedevacantism.


On 29 June 1976, in Écône, Dolan was ordained a priest by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre of the SSPX.

In 1977, Father Dolan returned to the United States where he would establish more than 35 traditionalist Mass centers.

Lefebvre directed the SSPX's American priests to follow the 1962 liturgical books. Dolan and eight other American priests refused to do these. On 27 April 1983, these nine priests, along with some seminarians who were sympathetic to them, were promptly expelled from the SSPX by Lefebvre, for their refusal to use the 1962 Missal and for other reasons, such as their resistance to Lefebvre's order that priests of the SSPX must accept the decrees of nullity handed down by diocesan marriage tribunals, and their disapproval of the SSPX's policy of accepting into the society new members who had been ordained to the priesthood according to the revised sacramental rites of Paul VI. Almost immediately, these priests formed the Society of Saint Pius V[3] (SSPV).[4]

In 1989, Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada (another one of the nine American priests expelled from the SSPX in 1983) left the SSPV[5] for reasons such as the Superior General Father Clarence Kelly's rejection of the validity of sedevacantist bishops consecrated by or in the lineage of Bishop Ngô Đình Thục. Other original priests of the SSPV later followed suit.[5] Dolan continued his work at his principal church in West Chester, Ohio, United States.

In 1989, he initiated contacts with the American sedevacantist Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI). Subsequent discussions revealed agreement on major theological issues. In 1992, with a view towards assisting clergy formerly belonging to SSPX, as well as Spanish-speaking and French-speaking traditionalists, Bishop Mark Pivarunas of the CMRI asked Dolan to receive episcopal consecration. In 1993, after considerable hesitation, Dolan agreed.[6]


On 30 November 1993, in Saint Gertrude the Great Church, West Chester, Pivarunas consecrated Dolan a bishop.[6][7]

On 11 May 1999, in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, Dolan assisted as the co-consecrator in Pivarunas' episcopal consecration of Father Martín Dávila Gandara[7] of the Sociedad Sacerdotal Trento (Priestly Union of Trent).

On 22 February 2018, in Brooksville, Florida, United States, Dolan assisted as a co-consecrator in Bishop Donald Sanborn's episcopal consecration of Father Joseph Selway[8] of the Roman Catholic Institute.

On 29 August 2021, Dolan announced that he would consecrate Brazilian Father Rodrigo da Silva, a former priest of the SSPX-Resistance, as a bishop for Mexico and South America. The consecration is planned to occur on 29 September 2021.[9]

Dolan serves in Saint Gertrude the Great Church, as well as in other sedevacantist communities in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe.[10]


  1. ^ "Some Catholics hold fast to tradition". St. Petersburg Times. 27 December 2003. p. 8. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  2. ^ "Biographical Information". Traditional Latin Mass Resources Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Cuneo, Michael W., The Smoke of Satan: Conservative and Traditionalist Dissent in Contemporary American Catholicism, JHU Press, 1999, p. 96ISBN 9780801862656
  4. ^ Ruby, Griff. "The Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church", Chapter Nine, "The Advance of the Sedevacantists".
  5. ^ a b Ruby Griff. "The Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church", Chapter Ten, "The Bishops of Marcel Lefebvre and Antonio de Castro Mayer".
  6. ^ a b "Bp. Dolan's Anniversary: Celebrating an Influential Apostolate". Rev. Anthony Cekada. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Adsum (October 2016)" (PDF). Mater Dei Seminary. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  8. ^ Jarvis, Edward, Sede Vacante: the Life and Legacy of Archbishop Thục, Apocryphile Press, Berkeley CA, 2018, pp. 107-110, 143-144
  9. ^ Most Rev. Daniel Dolan, "The Bishop’s Corner", SGG Parish Bulletin, 29 August 2021, p. 3.
  10. ^ "Current Apostolate". Traditional Latin Mass Resources Retrieved August 4, 2013.

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