Daniel Edward Thomas

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Daniel Edward Thomas
Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo
Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland
Church Catholic Church
Archdiocese Cincinnati
Diocese Toledo
Appointed August 26, 2014
Installed October 22, 2014
Predecessor Leonard Paul Blair
Ordination May 18, 1985
by John Krol
Consecration July 26, 2006
by Justin Francis Rigali, John Patrick Foley, and Edwin Frederick O'Brien
Personal details
Born (1959-06-11) June 11, 1959 (age 57)
Manayunk, Pennsylvania
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
(My Lord and My God)
Styles of
Daniel Edward Thomas
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Daniel Edward Thomas (born June 11, 1959) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church. Since 2014 he has served as the eighth bishop of Toledo, Ohio.


Thomas was born in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Francis and Anna (née Weber) Thomas. He graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1977, and then attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood by John Cardinal Krol on May 18, 1985, and then served as parochial vicar of Saint Joseph's Church in Aston.

In 1987, Thomas undertook graduate studies in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, earning his Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1989. He was an official of the Congregation for Bishops in the Roman Curia from 1990 to 2005, whilst concurrently serving as spiritual director to the seminarians of the North American College.

Upon his return to the United States, he became pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Strafford on November 19, 2005. He was raised to the rank of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness during that same year.

Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia[edit]

On June 8, 2006, Thomas was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Titular Bishop of Bardstown by Pope Benedict XVI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following July 26 from Justin Cardinal Rigali, with Archbishops John Foley and Edwin O'Brien serving as co-consecrators, in the Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. He adopted as his episcopal motto: Dominus Meus Et Deus Meus, meaning, "My Lord and My God" (John 20:28).

He headed the Secretariat of Clergy in the archdiocesan curia, and oversaw his alma mater of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and the Archdiocese's Vocation Office, Office for Communications, and newspaper The Catholic Standard and Times.

Bishop of Toledo[edit]

He was named as the eighth Bishop of Toledo, Ohio by Pope Francis on August 26, 2014, and was formally installed on October 22, 2014.[1] He replaced Archbishop Leonard Paul Blair, who became the Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut in December 2013.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Leonard Paul Blair
Bishop of Toledo
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Succeeded by