Daniel Patrick Reilly

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Daniel Patrick Reilly
Bishop Emeritus of Worcester
AppointedOctober 27, 1994
InstalledNovember 8, 1994
Term endedMarch 9, 2004
PredecessorTimothy Joseph Harrington
SuccessorRobert Joseph McManus
OrdinationMay 3, 1953
ConsecrationJune 5, 1975
by John Francis Whealon, Vincent Joseph Hines, and Louis Edward Gelineau
Personal details
Born (1928-05-12) May 12, 1928 (age 91)
Providence, Rhode Island
Previous postBishop of Norwich
MottoIn kindness and in truth
Styles of
Daniel Patrick Reilly
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Daniel Patrick Reilly (born May 12, 1928) is retired American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich (1975–1994) and the Diocese of Worcester (1994–2004).


Early life and education[edit]

Daniel Reilly was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to Francis and Mary Ann (née O'Beirne) Reilly.[1] He studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick (1943–1948) before studying at the Grand Seminary in Saint-Brieuc, France.[1]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Reilly was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1953.[2] He briefly served in a parish before completing his graduate studies at Boston College.[1]

Serving the Diocese of Providence, he was successively named assistant chancellor (1954), secretary to Bishop Russell McVinney (1956), chancellor (1964), and vicar general (1972).[3] He attended two sessions of the Second Vatican Council, and was raised to the rank of Monsignor in 1965.[3]

Bishop of Norwich, Connecticut[edit]

On June 5, 1975, Reilly was appointed the third Bishop of Norwich, Connecticut, by Pope Paul VI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on August 6, 1975, from Archbishop John Francis Whealon, with Bishops Vincent Joseph Hines and Louis Edward Gelineau serving as co-consecrators.[2]

Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts[edit]

After nineteen years at Norwich, Reilly was appointed the fourth Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, on October 27, 1994.[2] During his tenure at Worcester, he reopened St. Joseph Church but merged it with Notre Dame des Canadiens.[3] He raised over $50 million for his Forward in Faith campaign to place the diocese in a stable financial condition.[3] In 2002, he became the first Catholic bishop to open the annual synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.[3] In 2003, he expressed his unequivocal opposition to same-sex marriage and civil unions but declared that he was open to discussion on giving public benefits to same-sex couples.[4]


After reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, Reilly retired as bishop on March 9, 2004.[2] He was succeeded by Robert Joseph McManus, then-auxiliary bishop of Providence.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Curtis, Georgina Pell (1977). The American Catholic Who's Who. XXI. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Daniel Patrick Reilly". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.
  3. ^ a b c d e Shaw, Kathleen (2003-05-06). "Bishop Reilly to retire". Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
  4. ^ "Bishop brings reason to issue of gay benefits". National Catholic Reporter. 2003-11-07.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop Emeritus of Worcester
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Timothy Joseph Harrington
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
Robert Joseph McManus
Preceded by
Vincent Joseph Hines
Bishop of Norwich
Succeeded by
Daniel Anthony Hart