Buffalo Heritage Press
Born and raised in South Buffalo, New York, Bill Donohue attended St. Bonaventure University and the University of Louvain, Belgium. He became a Catholic priest in 1964 and served for ten years before leaving the priesthood and marrying in 1974. He was named New York State Commerce Commissioner in 1983 by Governor Mario Cuomo and worked as a community change agent in Flint, Michigan from 1988 to 2000. He and his wife Mary Alice have six daughters and nine grandchildren. The story of his great grandfather, Patrick Donohue, parallels in many ways his own ragged route to selfhood.