Joseph Thomas Daley

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Joseph Thomas Daley
Bishop of Harrisburg
In office 1971-1983
Orders
Ordination June 7, 1941
by Cardinal Dennis Joseph Dougherty
Consecration January 7, 1964
by Archbishop John Krol
Personal details
Born (1915-12-21)December 21, 1915
Connerton, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
Died September 2, 1983(1983-09-02) (aged 67)
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Education St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

Joseph Thomas Daley (December 21, 1915 – September 2, 1983) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Harrisburg from 1971 until his death in 1983.

Biography[edit]

Joseph Daley was born in Connerton, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, and studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Dennis Joseph Dougherty on June 7, 1941.[2] On November 25, 1963, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Harrisburg and Titular Bishop of Barca by Pope Paul VI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on January 7, 1964 from Archbishop John Krol, with Bishops George L. Leech and Gerald Vincent McDevitt serving as co-consecrators.

Daley was named Coadjutor Bishop of Harrisburg on July 31, 1967, and later succeeded Bishop Leech as the sixth Bishop of Harrisburg on October 19, 1971.[2] During his 12-year-long tenure, he established the Diocesan Office of Planning, Diocesan Development Office, and Emmaus Program for priests.[3] He called for a temporary moratorium on building nuclear power plants after the accident at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station near Harrisburg in 1979.[4]

Daley later died from cancer,[3] aged 67.

Removal of name in Diocese of Harrisburg[edit]

On August 1, 2018, Bishop Ronald Gainer, Daley's successor as bishop of Harrisburg, announced that the names of every bishop of Harrisburg from 1947 onward -- including Daley's -- will be removed removed from any building or room in the diocese named in their honor, due to their failure to protect victims from abuse.[5]

References[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
George L. Leech
Bishop of Harrisburg
1971–1983
Succeeded by
William Henry Keeler