In recent years, Sutherland obtained a master's degree in theology from St. John's Seminary, a licentiate in canon law from Catholic University of America, and last summer completed his course work for a doctorate in canon law at the Gregorian University in Rome. He lived at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome for the past two years as he pursued his research on St. Yves, the patron saint of lawyers.
Born in Dorchester, Sutherland received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston College in 1951 and 1954, respectively. After working as an economist for Shell Oil Co., he went on to earn a juris doctor degree from the BC Law School in 1963.
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