Updated 10/17 scroll down for statement from Cardinal Edward Egan.
Bishop James J. Daly, retired auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre, died Monday, October 14. He was 92. A Mass of Transferral was celebrated on October 17 at the Church of Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point. Bishop John Dunne was the homilist.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Agnes on October 18. Bishop William Murphy presided and Msgr. James McNamara preached the homily.
Burial followed at St. Boniface Cemetery, Elmont.
At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to either: Msgr. Peter A. Chiara Hall at St. Mary Church, East Islip, or St. Pius Residence for Senior Priests, Amityville.
Bishop William Murphy issued the following statement on the death of Bishop Daly:
” Today, I join the Diocese of Rockville Centre is mourning the death of a beloved bishop, James J. Daly. He was truly a trailblazer and visionary during the early formative years of this Diocese. Bishop Daly’s humility, sense of humor and above all, spirituality touched thousands and thousands of the faithful in a very deep and personal way. So many of the People of God of this great Diocese have experienced Bishop Daly’s witness as humble priest and later as auxiliary bishop. Whether it was serving in his first assignment as associate pastor of Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point, to his years at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, to serving in a variety of administrative roles including the first director of the Office of Priest’s Personnel and as vicar general under Bishop John McGann, Bishop Daly was always a calm, peaceful and reassuring presence.
At this time, we thank God for Bishop Daly’s 65 years of service to the faithful as priest and 36 years as auxiliary bishop. And we now count on his prayer for us before the Lord. May Bishop Daly rest in God’s peace.”
Bishop Daly was born August 14, 1921 in the Bronx and grew up in Jamaica, Queens. He studied at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 1948.
Bishop Daly’s first assignment was at Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point. He also served at Holy Child Jesus, Richmond Hill and St. William the Abbot, Seaford, before joining the faculty at Immaculate Conception Seminary in 1958. In 1968 he was named director of the Office of Priest Personnel. In 1972, he was named pastor of the Church of St. Boniface.
He was ordained an auxiliary bishop of the diocese in May, 1977 and retired in 1996, continuing to serve the diocese, especially by visiting the sick.
He is survived by a niece, Kathleen of Sayville.
For more information on Bishop Daly’s life, click here for an interview Bishop Daly gave to The Long Island Catholic newspaper in 2011 on the occasion of his 90th birthday and the 60th anniversary of his ordination.
Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, issued the following statement on October 17:
It was with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Bishop James J. Daly, the
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. I have known the Bishop for well
over a quarter of a century. He was always an extraordinary example of priestly dedication and a
most devoted shepherd for the Diocese of Rockville Center, which he loved so dearly. The
Church in New York will miss Bishop Daly’s kindness to all and his genuine compassion for
those most in need. I have offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of his soul today
and have expressed to Bishop William F. Murphy, the Bishop of Rockville Centre my heartfelt
sympathy on his loss and that of the People of God whom he serves so well.