Thomas Anthony Daly
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Thomas Anthony Daly

Thomas Anthony Daly
Bishop of Spokane
AppointedMarch 12, 2015
InstalledMay 20, 2015
PredecessorBlase J. Cupich
OrdinationMay 9, 1987
ConsecrationMay 25, 2011
by Patrick Joseph McGrath, George Hugh Niederauer, and George Leo Thomas
Personal details
Born (1960-04-30) April 30, 1960 (age 59)
San Francisco, California California
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of San José in California
Alma materSt. Patrick's Seminary and University
MottoInto Your Hands Lord
Styles of
Thomas Anthony Daly
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop
Ordination history of
Thomas Anthony Daly
Priestly ordination
Date9 May 1987
PlaceArchdiocese of San Francisco
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorPatrick Joseph McGrath, Bishop of San Jose
George Hugh Niederauer,
George Leo Thomas
Date25 May 2011

Thomas Anthony Daly (born April 30, 1960) is an American Roman Catholic bishop. He 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]

Auxiliary Bishop of San Jose

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]

Bishop of Spokane

On March 12, 2015, Daly was appointed by Pope Francis as bishop of Spokane. He was installed on May 20, 2015.

Unlike his predecessor as Bishop of Spokane, now Cardinal Blase Cupich, he is seen as a theological conservative. He has stated that politicians who identify themselves as Catholic and support legal abortion should be denied communion until they change their stance.[8]

In a February 19, 2020 statement Daly wrote he was concerned by the Gonzaga University School of Law's establishment of an LGBTQ+ Rights Clinic without first consulting him.[9] The clinic's stated aims are "to advance the equal rights and dignity of individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ through education, programming, advocacy, research, and legal representation."[10] In his statement Daly speculated that the clinic might bring the Law School "into conflict with the religious freedom of Christian individuals and organizations," and expressed fear that the Law School "will be actively promoting, in the legal arena and on campus, values that are contrary to the Catholic faith and Natural Law."[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Thomas Anthony Daly". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "Catholic San Francisco News Article". Catholic San Francisco. Retrieved .
  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 .
  5. ^ "Pope Benedict XVI Appoints Auxiliary Bishop to Diocese of San Jose". Diocese of San Jose. Archived from the original on 2011-03-25. Retrieved .
  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 .
  7. ^ Dan Morris-Young (2013-10-08). "Surprise resignation stuns California seminary students, faculty". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Catholic Bishop Will Deny Pro-Abortion Politicians Communion Until They Repent of "Evil",, 4 February 2019
  9. ^ a b "Statement Regarding the new Gonzaga LGBTQ+ Rights Clinic". Catholic Diocese of Spokane. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Gonzaga Law School Launches Lincoln LGBTQ Rights Clinic | Gonzaga University". Retrieved .

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Episcopal succession

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

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