By ROB HERBST
The Catholic Week
MOBILE — Longtime University of South Alabama professor and chaplain Msgr. James Frank Dorrill died Jan. 22 at the age of 89.
Along with being a priest of the Archdiocese of Mobile, Msgr. Dorrill became a professor of English at the University of South Alabama in 1969, while serving as chaplain of the Catholic Campus Ministry.
Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 26 at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, with internment in the Priest Section of Catholic Cemetery of Mobile.
He was chairman of the English Department at the University of South Alabama in 1985 and was elected “Teacher of the Year” by students for the 1987-88 school year. In 2002 he was elevated to the ecclesial honor of Chaplain to His Holiness and received the title monsignor. He retired in 2003 and continued to offer priestly ministry throughout the Archdiocese of Mobile, as well as publishing several articles and reviews.
Msgr. Dorrill was born Jan. 16, 1930, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Frank Dorrill and Helen Erhardt. He was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on March 12, 1960, in Buffalo, N.Y., as a priest for the then Diocese of Mobile-Birmingham. He attended La Salle High School, Niagara Falls; Union College, Schenectady; and Theology at Our Lady of the Angels Seminary, Niagara Falls. Msgr. Dorrill earned a Masters and Ph.D. in English from Harvard University.
Msgr. Dorrill served his first priestly assignment as assistant pastor to the North Alabama Missions, Birmingham. He became a teacher at McGill Institute in Mobile from 1961-64; then returned to McGill to teach after earning his Ph.D. in 1968.
Msgr. Dorrill is survived by his cousin, Faith E. Bussolari of Connecticut, along with her children: Steven Bussolari, Wendy Hallenbeck, Robin Lawrence, Matthew Bussolari, Penny Stankoski, and Faith’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by Jeffrey Bussolari. Msgr. Dorrill remained close to his family in the Northeast and his ministry was a great strength to them. Monsignor Dorrill also leaves behind many friends and former students whose lives he greatly influenced.
Fr. Howard Moussier, O.S.B., who was pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish in Elberta from 1993-2011, died Jan. 19. He was 81.
Fr. Howard professed his vows as a Benedictine monk on July 11, 1959, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1965. After transferring his stability to St. Bernard Abbey, his primary work was as a pastor in the Archdiocese of Mobile, where he provided many years of priestly service to the people of God. He returned to the abbey when his health became preventative, and in these last years resided at a local nursing home where he could receive proper care, being visited regularly by confreres.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 25 at St. Bernard Abbey, with internment in the Monastic Cemetery.
Fr. Edward Markley, O.S.B., who was pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Lillian from 1998-2008, died Jan. 14. He was 79.
Fr. Edward was born in Atlanta in 1939. He entered St. Bernard Abbey as a novice in 1959 and professed Simple Vows on June 12, 1960.
He professed Solemn Vows in June 1963 and was ordained a priest on June 10, 1966.
He served in the Archdiocese of Mobile as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Lillian. He also served as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Cullman and as pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church at St. Florian (Florence). He also served as a rotating chaplain to Sacred Heart Monastery and as pastoral minister to many of the churches of the Birmingham Diocese, particularly in Anniston and Moulton.
Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 17 at St. Bernard Abbey, with internment in the abbey cemetery.