Most Reverend Joseph T. Daley – Biography

Sixth Bishop of Harrisburg 1971-1983
Soli Deo Gloria. Honor to God alone (Romans 16:27)  
Joseph Thomas Daley was born in Connerton, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania on December 21, 1915. His parents were Patrick J. and Marcy C. (Murphy) Daley. He was educated at the Seminary of Saint Charles Borromeo, Overbrook, Philadelphia. Father Daley was ordained to the priesthood in Philadelphia on June 7, 1941, by Denis Cardinal Dougherty.After pastoral assignments in Philadelphia, Father Daley served a tour of duty in Korea as chaplain in the United States Army and in the PA National Guard. Following return to civilian life, he was assistant pastor at Saint Matthew, Philadelphia, and served until 1960 when he was named Vice Rector of Saint Charles Seminary.Father Daley was appointed Titular Bishop of Barca and Auxiliary Bishop of Harrisburg on November 27, 1963. He was consecrated in Philadelphia on January 7, 1964, by Archbishop John J. Krol, assisted by Bishop George L. Leech of Harrisburg. He attended the third and fourth sessions of the Vatican Council. Bishop Leech appointed him the Vicar General of the diocese on January 22, 1964. The Holy See announced the appointment of Bishop Daley as Coadjutor Bishop of Harrisburg with right of succession on July 31, 1967.With the retirement of Bishop Leech, Bishop Daley succeeded to the See of Harrisburg on October 19, 1971. From 1969 through his tenure as ordinary, he served as president of the PA Catholic Conference. He served on committees of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the board of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D. C.When Bishop Daley was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he spoke openly of his illness to his priests and his people helping all to focus on the purpose of life, the inevitability of death, the redemptive value of suffering and the reality of the promise of eternal life. He died on September 2, 1983, and was buried in Priests’ Circle, Holy Cross Cemetery, Harrisburg, PA.
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