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Thomas Vose Daily (September 23, 1927 – May 14, 2017) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn from 1990 to 2003.

Thomas Vose Daily
Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn
ArchdioceseNew York
AppointedFebruary 20, 1990
InstalledApril 18, 1990
Term endedAugust 1, 2003
PredecessorFrancis Mugavero
SuccessorNicholas Anthony DiMarzio
OrdinationJanuary 10, 1952
by Richard Cushing
ConsecrationFebruary 11, 1975
by Humberto Sousa Medeiros, Thomas Joseph Riley, and Lawrence Joseph Riley
Personal details
Born(1927-09-23)September 23, 1927
Belmont, Massachusetts
DiedMay 14, 2017(2017-05-14) (aged 89)
Douglaston, Queens, New York
BuriedBishop's Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Center Douglaston, Queens, New York
Nationality American
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
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Alma materBoston College; St. John's Seminary
MottoDominus lux mea
Styles of
Thomas Vose Daily
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop



Early life and ordinationEdit

Bishop Daily was born to John F. and Mary McBride (née Vose) Daily, a member of an established New England family, in Belmont, Massachusetts in 1927. Upon completion of his studies at first Boston College and later St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, he was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1952 by Richard Cardinal Cushing at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Following ordination, he was assigned as curate for St. Ann's church in Wollaston, Quincy. He remained in that post through the rest of that decade.[1]

Missionary in PeruEdit

In 1960, Bishop Daily joined the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle and moved to the Limatambo area of Cusco, Peru. He spent five years as a missionary in Peru. In Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Parish, Limatambo you can see the baptismal record books with his signature. Still survive the church and old rectory built by the american priests as people use to called them.

Return to BostonEdit

After returning to Boston, he was assigned again to St. Ann's, where he served as assistant pastor until 1971. He was appointed to the position of secretary to Cardinal Humberto Sousa Medeiros and later Vicar for Temporalities. In 1975, he was consecrated as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston and in 1976 was appointed vicar general of the archdiocese.[1] Because of his fluency in Spanish, he was given special duties regarding the Spanish-speaking members of the archdiocese.

Bishop of Palm BeachEdit

On July 17, 1984, just four months after Bernard Law was installed as Archbishop of Boston, Bishop Daily was appointed the first bishop of the new Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida. Among his most noteworthy actions were his leading of pro-life prayer vigils at local abortion clinics. From 1987 to 2005, Bishop Daily also served as the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus.

Bishop of BrooklynEdit

In 1990, Bishop Daily was installed as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, succeeding Bishop Francis J. Mugavero. Shortly after his installation, he responded to a reporter's question by stating that the then-Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, would not be welcomed as a speaker in the diocese's parishes because of Cuomo's pro-choice position on abortion, which was directly at odds with Catholic teaching.[2]

Resignation and retirementEdit

On August 1, 2003, Daily announced his resignation as a bishop[3][4] had finally been accepted by the Vatican, ten months after he had submitted a letter of resignation upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75. Bishop Daily was the Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn and was a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and a member of the boards of the Society of St. James the Apostle in Boston and the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities in Washington, D.C.[1]


Daily died on May 15, 2017 at the Bishop Mugavero Residence in Douglaston, Queens. He was 89.[5][6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Bishop Thomas V. Daily". Diocese of Brooklyn. Archived from the original on May 18, 2008. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Goldman, Ari L. (February 21, 1990). "New Brooklyn Bishop to Bar Cuomo Over Abortion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  3. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. (August 2, 2003). "Brooklyn Bishop Ending Tenure Amid Storm Over Scandal". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Belluck, Pam (March 23, 2002). "In Court Files, How Bishop Handled a Problem Priest". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Kandra, Greg (May 15, 2017). "RIP, Bishop Thomas Daily". Aleteia. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "Most Rev. Thomas V. Daily, Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn, dies at 89". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.

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Episcopal successionEdit

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis Mugavero
Bishop of Brooklyn
Succeeded by
Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio
New title
Diocese erected
Bishop of Palm Beach
Succeeded by
Joseph Keith Symons
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
Succeeded by