Bishop Michael Patrick Driscoll was born Aug. 8, 1939, in Long Beach, Calif. He attended Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary in San Fernando and St. John Seminary College in Camarillo. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1965. He served in several pastoral assignments in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, until 1975, when he was appointed associate director for Catholic Charities in Orange County. That same year he earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California.
The following year, when the Diocese of Orange was created, Father Driscoll was asked by Bishop William R Johnson to be his chancellor and to help organize the new diocese. He was also named Vicar of Charities, carrying his legacy of service in the Catholic Charities network.
In 1999 Bishop Driscoll was appointed by Pope John Paul II as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Boise.
In 2002 Bishop Driscoll was named episcopal liaison for Catholic Charities USA by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a position he held until 2013. He also served on the board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).
One of his first priorities upon becoming Bishop of Boise was the founding of a Catholic Charities agency to serve the entire state of Idaho. In 2000 Bishop Mike hired Marie Hoff as the agency’s first executive director. In that first year of service CCI served 101 clients. By 2005, services expanded to include citizenship and immigration, family support, youth development, and mental health counseling. By the late 2000’s CCI assisted over 2,000 individuals annually and deployed hundreds of volunteers to assist needy families. Today Catholic Charities serves over 3,200 individuals annually and operates offices in Boise and Idaho Falls, offers statewide immigration and information and referral services, and provides adult education and mental health services in the Treasure Valley and Bonneville and Bingham Counties.
Bishop Driscoll passed away on October 24, 2017. The family requests that memorials in honor of Bishop Driscoll be given to Catholic Charities of Idaho.
Catholic Charities of Idaho honors and celebrates the legacy of Bishop Michael Driscoll, a true friend and servant of the poor and those in need!
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on him.