Joseph Thomas Daley

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Joseph Thomas Daley
Bishop of Harrisburg
In office 1971-1983
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.


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]


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