Edward Celestin Daly

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The Most Reverend
Edward C. Daly, OP, JCD
Bishop of Des Moines
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Church Roman Catholic Church
See Des Moines
In office March 13, 1948—November 23, 1964
Predecessor Gerald Thomas Bergan
Successor George Biskup
Ordination June 12, 1921
by John T. McNicholas
Consecration May 13, 1948
by Amleto Giovanni Cicognani
Personal details
Born (1894-10-24)October 24, 1894
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died November 23, 1964(1964-11-23) (aged 70)
Rome, Italy

Edward Celestin Daly, O.P. (October 24, 1894 – November 23, 1964) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Des Moines from 1948 until his death in 1964.


Edward Daly was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to James and Elizabeth (née Cairns) Daly.[1] He attended Boston College from 1912 to 1914, and made his profession as a member of the Order of Preachers (more commonly known as the Dominicans) in 1915.[1] He studied philosophy and theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.[1] At age 26, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John T. McNicholas on June 12, 1921.[2]

Daly then studied canon law at the Catholic University of America until 1923, when he became secretary and archivist of the Apostolic Delegation.[1] During this period, he earned a Master of Sacred Theology from Rome in 1936 and also served as professor of canon law at the Dominican House of Studies.[1]

On March 13, 1948, Daly was appointed the fourth Bishop of Des Moines, Iowa, by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 13 from Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, with Archishops Henry Rohlman and Leo Binz serving as co-consecrators.[2] He was named an Assistant at the Pontifical Throne in May 1958.[1]

After attending the third session of the Second Vatican Council, he was killed when his plane, TWA Flight 800, crashed shortly after takeoff at Fiumicino Airport near Rome.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop Edward Celestin Daly, O.P.". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  3. ^ "Bishops of the Diocese of Des Moines" (PDF). Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines.