Daniel W. Herzog

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The Rt. Rev.
Daniel William Herzog
Bishop of Albany
Province Episcopal Church in the United States
Diocese Albany
Installed 1997
Term ended January 31, 2007
Predecessor David Standish Ball
Successor William H. Love
Ordination 1970
Personal details
Born (1941-07-09) July 9, 1941 (age 76)
Ogdensburg, New York
Denomination Roman Catholic, Episcopalian
Alma mater St. Bonaventure University, Nashotah House, St. Lawrence University

Daniel William[1] Herzog (born July 9, 1941)[2] is a retired bishop of the Episcopal Church, who served in the Diocese of Albany from 1998 to 2007.[3] After his retirement, he became a Roman Catholic, but returned to the Episcopal Church three years later.


Herzog was born in Ogdensburg, New York,[4] and raised in the Roman Catholic Church.[5] In 1964 he graduated from St. Bonaventure University.[6][7] He married and had five children. He and his wife joined the Episcopal Church in the late 1960s. Herzog studied at Nashotah House, graduating in 1970,[7] and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. In 1971 he received a master's degree in education from St. Lawrence University.[7]

He served as director of personnel at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg while serving as assistant rector of an Episcopal parish there.[4] He later served as Rector of Christ Church, Schenectady.[4]

In 1997 he was elected Coadjutor-Bishop of Albany; he was elected on the first ballot.[8] The following year he succeeded as 8th Bishop of Albany when Bishop David Standish Ball retired. In 2003 he issued a pastoral letter opposing the election of Gene Robinson, a gay man, as Bishop of New Hampshire, and opposing the blessing of sexual relationships outside marriage.[9]

Retirement, conversion, and return[edit]

Herzog retired as Bishop of Albany on January 31, 2007. He was succeeded by Bishop William Love, who had been elected coadjutor bishop on March 25, 2006.[10]

In March 2007, Herzog and his wife Carol joined the Roman Catholic Church.[5][11] He was the third bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States to become a Roman Catholic, the others being Levi Silliman Ives in 1852 and Frederick Joseph Kinsman in 1919.[12] Herzog explained his conversion in a letter sent to his successor Bishop Love on March 19, 2007.[13] Herzog's predecessor in Albany, Bishop Ball, expressed concern at Herzog's conversion.[6][11] His successor, Bishop Love, stated that Herzog and his wife would continue to be welcome at diocesan events.[14]

In April 2010, presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori promulgated his restoration to the ordained ministry of the Episcopal Church.[15] His return to ECUSA was page one news.[16]


  1. ^ Episcopal Clerical Directory online. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  2. ^ Episcopal Clerical Directory 2013 (2013). New York: Church Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-0-89869-888-6, p. 430.
  3. ^ Episcopal Diocese of Albany website history page. Retrieved January 12, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Clergy Applaud New Episcopal Bishop", The Evangelist.
  5. ^ a b "Daniel W. Herzog", National Catholic Reporter 43 (April 20, 2007): 4.
  6. ^ a b "Former Bishop Opts for Rome". Accessed April 14, 2008.
  7. ^ a b c Education of 308 Living ECUSA Bishops
  8. ^ "Schenectady Pastor to Succeed Ball" Albany Times Union (June 1, 1997).
  9. ^ americananglican.org website. Retrieved January 12, 2009.
  10. ^ "The Very Reverend William H. Love Consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of Albany".
  11. ^ a b Times Union of March 30, 2007. In archives as of January 12, 2008.
  12. ^ Several other Episcopalian bishops have subsequently joined the Catholic Church, including John Bailey Lipscomb, 4th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, and Jeffrey N. Steenson, 8th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande.
  13. ^ "Bishop Herzog Writes Letter of Resignation to Bishop Love"
  14. ^ Statement of Bishop Love on Conversion of Bishop Herzog
  15. ^ http://www.episcopalcafe.com/lead/bishops/welcome_back_bishop_herzog.html
  16. ^ Scott Waldman, "Ex-Episcopal bishop returns to flock," Times-Union, May 3, 2010, p. 1. Abstract found at Kendall Harmon blog and copy found at anglicansunited.com. Both accessed August 5, 2010.

See also[edit]

Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
David Standish Ball
8th Bishop of Albany
1998 – 2007
Succeeded by
William Love