Daniel Lytle Dolan was born in 1951 in Detroit Michigan.
preparation for the priesthood in 1965 at the archdiocesan minor seminary in Detroit.
He continued his studies in the Cistercian Order and at the seminary of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) in Ecne, Switzerland, where was ordained a priest by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre on June 29, 1976.
As a seminarian at Ecne in autumn 1973, he
had already come to the conclusion that the only logical explanation for evil of the the New Mass and the errors of Vatican II was that Paul VI, due to personal heresy, had lost the pontificate.
Ever since, he
has steadfastly held that position regarding Paul VI and his
successors, and never once acknowledged them as popes in the Canon
This explanation for the situation after Vatican II later came to be known popularly as "sedevacantism" (from the Latin term for the interregnum between popes).
Missionary Work in SSPX
In early 1977 Father Dolan
returned to the U.S., where he
acquired a reputation as an eloquent preacher, and where in a few years, he
had founded over 35 traditionalist Mass centers from East coast to West.
In early 1983, as part of a plan to compromise with the modernist Vatican, Archbishop Lefebvre attempted to impose a "liturgical reform" - the 1962 Missal of John XXIII - on SSPX's American priests.
At the same time, the Archbishop insisted that the Americans accept the scandalous marriage annulments granted by modernist tribunals, and work with priests ordained according to the protestantized ordination rite promulgated by Paul VI in 1968.
Nine American priests, including Fr. Dolan
, refused, and were promply expelled from SSPX. (Four more would later join them.)
Expansion in Cincinnati
missionary apostolate unchanged and increased the number of activities at his
principal church, St. Gertrude
the Great in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The parish, which he
founded himself in 1978, is one of the largest (600 members) and best-organized in the U.S.
In 1989 Fr. Dolan initiated contacts with the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI).
Pivarunas, with a view towards assisting clergy formerly belonging to SSPX
, asked Fr. Dolan
to receive episcopal consecration.
After considerable hesitation, Fr. Dolan
agreed in mid-1993.
Bishop Dolan continues to serve as Pastor of St. Gertrude the Great Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In addition Bishop Dolan conducts a modest national and international apostolate.
confirms in churches in the U.S. operated by former members of SSPX
, and has also travelled extensively to conduct episcopal functions for traditionalist churches and organizations in Mexico, France, Belgium and Italy.