Bishop Mario Dorsonville Death – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Bishop Mario Dorsonville has sadly passed away. He died on Friday 19th January 2024 at the age of 63 after battling with illness. He was announced dead through a Facebook post that reads “My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, It is with great sadness and deep shock that I announce to you that our beloved Shepherd, Bishop Mario Dorsonville, passed away at 6:50 pm this evening after he gave in to complications arising from recent health problems”.
Bishop Mario Dorsonville Birth and Education
Mario Eduardo Dorsonville-Rodríguez, the son of Carlos Dorsonville and Leonor Rodríguez, was born in Bogotá, Colombia, on October 31, 1960. Prior to entering the priesthood, he received bachelor’s degrees in philosophy (1981) and sacred theology (1985) from the Theological Seminary of Bogotá. Prior to his appointment as chaplain at the National University of Colombia from 1985 to 1987, Dorsonville worked as associate pastor at Bogotá’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish after being ordained as a priest on November 23, 1985, by Cardinal Mario Bravo for the Archdiocese of Bogotá.
After serving as associate chaplain and ethics lecturer at the National University of Colombia, he became pastor of Bogotá’s San Jose de Calasanz Parish in 1987. Dorsonville continued his education and in 1991 received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Bogotá’s Pontifical Xavierian University. He transferred to Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. after moving there in 1992 and continued his education there.
Bishop Mario Dorsonville Priestly Journey
Dorsonville was an associate pastor at Good Shepherd Parish in Alexandria, Virginia, and Christ the Redeemer Parish in Sterling, Virginia, while he was a student at Catholic University. As part of his dedication to teaching, he gave lectures at the Hispanic Apostolate of Arlington and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. On March 20, 2015, Pope Francis recognized Dorsonville’s devotion by appointing him titular bishop of Kearney and auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington.
Pope Francis promoted Dorsonville to the title of bishop of Houma-Thibodaux on February 1, 2023, further recognizing his work. A new phase in his spiritual leadership career began on March 29, 2023, with the official installation. He will be deeply miss by all that crossed path with him.
Bishop Mario Dorsonville’s obituary will be released by the family
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