John Daly (bishop)

John Charles Sydney Daly (1901–1985) was an Anglican bishop in Africa and Asia for fifty years.


Educated at Gresham's School, Holt, and King's College, Cambridge,[1] Daly was ordained as a Church of England deacon and priest in 1923.


In 1935, he became the youngest bishop in the Anglican communion when he was appointed as bishop of the new diocese of Gambia and Guinea (sometimes called Gambia and the Rio Pongas).[2]

During the Second World War, Daly also served as a District Scout commissioner. In 1944 he led the Gambian contingent attending a Jamboree at Katibougou in the French Sudan (now Mali), jointly organised for Francophone and Anglophone Boy Scouts.

He was later translated to become the Anglican bishop of the dioceses of Accra (1951–1955),[3] Korea (1956–1965), and Taejon (1965–1968).

Daly's appointment to Korea followed the Korean War of 1950 to 1953, leaving him with major challenges for his mission.[4] Most contact with North Korea was severed, and the country faced huge economic, political and social problems. He was enthroned at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Seoul, on 17 January 1956.

In 1965, the Diocese of Korea was divided into two when Paul Ch’on-Hwan Li (Paul Lee, the first Korean bishop of the Anglican Church in Korea) was consecrated as Bishop of Seoul and Daly was sent to become Bishop of Taejon.

Daly lived to celebrate his fiftieth year as a bishop. The Bishop John Daly Mission Center at Gumi, Korea, was named in memory of him.[5]

Career summaryEdit


  1. ^ The Cambridge University List of Members up to 31 December 1988
  2. ^ The Diocese of Gambia and the Rio Pongas, 1935-1951: Its Origins and Early History by S. H. M. Jones
  3. ^ Ghana and the Church in West Africa at Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Korean Mission Records
  5. ^ John Center, Korea
Church of England titles
Preceded by
New diocese
Bishop of Gambia and the Rio Pongas
1935 – 1951
Succeeded by
Roderic Norman Coote
Preceded by
John Orfeur Aglionby
Bishop of Accra
1951 – 1955
Succeeded by
Reginald Richard Roseveare
Preceded by
Alfred Cecil Cooper
Bishop in Korea
1955 – 1965
Succeeded by
Diocese divided
Preceded by
New diocese
Bishop of Taejon
1965 – 1968
Succeeded by
Cecil Richard Rutt