2002-02-09 / Columnists

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Congratulations To Bishop Thomas Daily
By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey
Congratulations To Bishop Thomas Daily

The Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens is very fortunate to have such an articulate, motivated and enthusiastic spiritual leader as Bishop Thomas Daily.

He has a long history of demonstrated competence, effectiveness and achievement he also is an outstanding spokesperson for the ideals and principles of the Catholic Church.  He is a true pastoral leader.  His strongest asset is his ability to relate to people - to diverse groups within the Church and interdenominally.

Bishop Thomas Daily is truly a people oriented spiritual leader.  Bishop Daily can easily relate to young and old.  Bishop Daily has the presence, the breath of view, the precision of knowledge, versatility of skill, firmness of commitment and unstinting loyalty to the beliefs of the Catholic Church need to serve the spiritual needs of the people.

Bishop Daily has been an energetic and successful spokesperson for the people of NYC while maintaining the sensitivity and understanding of a great spiritual leader.  He is very well respected among the religious clergy of the diocese.  He always goes that extra mile in order to include everyone.  In addition, he has a very keen sense of humor, which endears him to his flock.

Bishop Daily is truly a person who pursues excellence.  At the 50th anniversary Mass at St. James Pro Cathedral several members of the laity spoke about Bishop Daily special contributions to the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Bishop Daily was interviewed by Ed Wilkinson, the editor of the Tablet for a TV program on the Prayer Channel.  Ed Wilkinson is a talented communicator.  His questions of the Bishop were well thought out.  His creative journalistic talents were evident in the interview.  Bishop Daily told Ed Wilkinson that he was a leader in his class in the seminary.  The Bishop was chosen by Cardinal Cushing to be the Master of Ceremonies for the ordination.  There were 45 men ordained on that day fifty years ago - January 10, 1952.  It was interesting to note that of those 45 young men, twenty-seven are active clergy today.  Sixteen died.  Two left.

One of the highlights of the interview was when Ed. Wilkinson asked the Bishop how he decided to choose to become a priest.  Bishop Daily pointed to the to the fact that he was inspired by his father who was very active in the Knights of Columbus.  Today that is one of Bishops Daily's main focuses.  Bishop Daily is the Supreme Chaplain of the 1.6 million members of the Knights of Columbus and their families in addition to the extraordinary work that he accomplishes in the Diocese.

Thanks to Ed Wilkinson for conducting the in-depth outstanding interview with the Bishop.

Congratulations to Bishop Thomas Daily on his 50th Anniversary.  My family and I pray that the Bishop will enjoy good health and many more successful years as the spiritual leader of the people of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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