Thomas Anthony Daly

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Thomas Anthony Daly
Bishop of Spokane
Archdiocese Seattle
Diocese Spokane
Appointed March 12, 2015
Installed May 20, 2015
Predecessor Blase J. Cupich
Ordination May 9, 1987
Consecration May 25, 2011
by Patrick Joseph McGrath, George Hugh Niederauer, and George Leo Thomas
Personal details
Born (1960-04-30) April 30, 1960 (age 57)
San Francisco, California California
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of San José in California
Alma mater St. Patrick's Seminary and University
Styles of
Thomas Anthony Daly
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Thomas Anthony Daly (born April 30, 1960) is the seventh Roman Catholic bishop of Spokane. He was appointed to this position on March 12, 2015 and was installed on May 20. Previously, he was the first Auxiliary Bishop of San José in California, USA.


Daly was born in San Francisco, California[1] and attended St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California, where he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on May 9, 1987. He served as a curate at Our Lady of Loretto Parish in Novato, and later as a teacher and campus minister at Marin Catholic High School. Later, he served as part-time chaplain to the San Francisco Police Department while concurrently posted as curate at St. Cecilia's Church. After these assignments, he became involved in the archdiocesan vocations office; serving concurrently as Director of Vocations and president of Marin Catholic High School.[2][3]

Daly was named auxiliary bishop of San Jose and titular bishop of Tabalta by Pope Benedict XVI on March 16, 2011.[4] He attended his first diocesan event at the Mass in Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Diocese of San Jose, and was consecrated bishop on May 25, 2011 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph by Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath of San José, with Archbishop George Hugh Niederauer of San Francisco and Bishop George Leo Thomas of Helena co-consecrating in the presence of Roger Cardinal Mahony.[5]

On September 16, 2013, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, who is also the President and Chancellor of Saint Patrick's Seminary, named Bishop Daly as the interim President/Rector of the seminary.[6] This is the first time in the history of the seminary that the rector has not been a member of the Society of St. Sulpice.[7] Bishop Daly, who is also on the seminary's board of directors, served as rector until the Sulpicians nominated a new rector/president, Father Gladstone Stevens, PSS, who became rector at the beginning of the new academic year in the Fall of 2014.[6]

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  1. ^ "Thomas Anthony Daly". David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Catholic San Francisco News Article". Catholic San Francisco. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  3. ^ Catholic News Agency: "Bishop-elect Tom Daly reflects on nine years as vocations director" May 2011
  4. ^ "New auxiliary bishop for San Jose, Calif.". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Pope Benedict XVI Appoints Auxiliary Bishop to Diocese of San Jose". Diocese of San Jose. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  6. ^ a b Roberta Ward (2013-09-24). "Bishop Daly named Interim Rector/President of St. Patrick Seminary". The Valley Catholic. Diocese of San Jose. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  7. ^ Dan Morris-Young (2013-10-08). "Surprise resignation stuns California seminary students, faculty". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Blase J. Cupich
Bishop of Spokane
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of San Jose
Succeeded by