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Edward Paul Doyle, O. P. papers

Biographical note

Edward Paul Doyle, O.P. Ph.D., (1907-1997) was a Dominican Brother, who also served as a Chaplain with the U.S. Army's 104th Infantry Division during World War II.

Born June 30, 1907 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Doyle was one of nine children of Patrick J. and Anne (Harrison) Doyle. A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, he joined the Dominican Order in 1932 and was ordained in Somerset, Ohio in 1939. Upon receiving a Master's Degree from The Catholic University of America in 1941, Doyle came to Providence College to teach philosophy and theology. He received a Doctorate from the Aquinas Institute in River Forest, Illinois in 1962.

In 1943 Doyle was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant and assigned to the 104th Infantry Division, also known as the Timberwolves. After months of training in the western United States, the division departed for Europe in August 1944 and spent the next nine months in continuous combat through France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany. By April 11, 1945, the division captured the town of Nordhausen, which they discovered was a sub-camp of the notorious death camp Buchenwald.

After the war, Doyle continued to teach at Providence College and then in 1954 began to assume various teaching positions with other institutions. In 1976, Doyle returned to Rhode Island to serve as the Chaplain at Summit Medical Center in Providence, RI., before becoming a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Priory in 1987. Doyle remained with the Dominican community at Providence College until his death in 1997.

Father Doyle's achievements include positions as the first president of the Dominican Educational Association and director of the School of Catholic Studies at the University of Virginia Catholic Center. As national chaplain for the Timberwolves, he went to West Point each year to present the 104th Infantry Division's Terry Allen award to a graduating senior.


1907 June 30Born in Fall River, MA as Edward Aloysius Doyle; one of 9 children of Patrick James and Annie (Harrison) Doyle.
1925-1930Student at B.M.C. Durfee High School, Fall River, MA, and graduate of Aquinas College High School in Columbus, OH.
1930-1932 Student at Providence College in Providence, RI, member of Class of 1934, enrolled in the pre-ecclesiastical program.
1932 Aug 15Reception of Dominican habit at St. Rose Priory in Springfield, KY; took the religious name Paul.
1933 Aug 18Simple Profession at St. Rose Priory in Springfield, KY.
1933-1940Student of philosophy at Dominican House of Studies in River Forest, IL, of theology at St. Joseph Priory in Somerset, OH, and Immaculate Conception College in Washington, DC.
1936Reception of A.B. Degree in Philosophy from Dominican House of Studies in River Forest, IL.
1936 Aug 16Solemn profession at St. Joseph Priory in Somerset, OH.
1939 May 17Ordination at St. Joseph Priory in Somerset, OH, by Bishop James J. Hartley of Columbus, OH.
1940-1941Student at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
1941Reception of M.A. Degree in Religious Education.
1941-1954Member of Providence College religion/theology faculty, including leave of absence for military service.
1943 Aug 25Sworn in as 1st Lt. in the Army Chaplains’ Corps by David Sawyer, 2nd Lt. in the Providence College Army Specialized Training Program Unit; began training at Chaplains’ School one month later.
1944 May-1945Catholic Chaplain of the 1st Battalion, 413th Infantry Regiment, 104th (Timberwolf) Infantry Division.
1944 Sep 6Landed on the beaches of Cherbourg, France, with 104th Infantry Division.
1945 Apr 11Entered the concentration camp at Nordhausen, Germany with the 104th Infantry Division.
1945 Nov 6Notification from Terry Allen, Major General, U.S. Army, Commanding the 104th Infantry Division, to Frederick C. Foley, O.P., P.C. President, that Captain Edward P. Doyle has been awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in the European Theatre of Operations.
1946Honorable discharge with rank of Major after serving in the 14th Armored Division and in the 104th Infantry Division.
1951-1976Member of theology faculty and/or Chaplain at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA (part-time), Seton Hill College in Greensburg, PA, Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY, Siena Heights College in Adrian, MI, Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, and Annhurst College in Woodstock, CT.
1953Awarding of AMVETS (American Veterans) life membership.
1959-1961President of Dominican Educational Association.
1959-1962Student at Aquinas Institute in River Forest, IL.
1962Reception of Ph.D. Degree in Pastoral Theology.
1965-1966Director of School of Catholic Studies at University of Virginia Catholic Center in Charlottesville, VA.
1970-1971Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT, receiving training in preventive mental health counseling, guidance and therapy for religious women.
1976-1980Parochial minister and Director of Adult Education at St. Raymond Church in Providence, RI.
1976-1997Chaplain at Summit Medical Center in Providence, RI.
1980-1987Limited parochial service at St. Raymond Church in Providence, RI.
1981 Oct 26-28Award from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council at International Liberators Conference, Washington, DC, for valiant service during the liberation of Nazi concentration camps; delivered remarks "I Was There..."
1982 Apr 3Father Doyle and Eli Bohnen, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-El, Providence, RI (Assistant Chaplain in U.S. Army 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division, which liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, Germany), co-recipients of the 1st “Never Again” Awards at Yom Hashoah (Day of Destruction) Commemoration sponsored by the Jewish Community Center in Providence and the Jewish Federation of RI.
1987-1997Member of St. Thomas Aquinas Priory, the Dominican community at Providence College.
1989Citation at retirement as 104th Infantry Division Association Chaplain, recognizing his 37 years of spiritual support to the Timberwolves.
1996 SepFather Doyle’s donation of his files and photographs to Providence College.
1996 Dec 2Remarks at Providence College Holocaust Awareness Day.
1997 Apr 12Death in Providence, RI.
1997 Apr 15Burial in Dominican Community Cemetery at Providence College.