ORLANDO, Fla. – Retired Bishop Norbert M. Dorsey, 83, a native of Springfield, Mass., died on Feb. 21 in Orlando.
A Passionist priest, he was bishop of Orlando from 1990 until his retirement in 2004.
He studied philosophy and theology in Jamaica, N.Y., and Union City, N.J., earning a master’s degree in theology before being ordained to the priesthood by Passionist Bishop Cuthbert O’Gara on April 28, 1956, at St. Michael’s Monastery in Union City.
He then studied sacred eloquence for a year in West Springfield before going on to study in Munich, London and Rome. He held the degrees of maestro from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music and doctor of sacred theology from the Gregorian University.
Father Dorsey was a theology professor and director of formation at Holy Family Passionist Monastery in West Hartford for five years. He then became rector of the monastery and theologate in West Springfield.
In 1968, he was elected provincial consultor for the Eastern Province of the Passionists. During this time, he was director of personnel and also the dean of studies and formation. In 1976, Father Dorsey was elected assistant general of the Passionists worldwide, and re-elected in 1982.