Rockville Centre (WALK) - Roman Catholics on Long Island are mourning the death and celebrating the life of a bishop who was one the #2 man in the Diocese of Rockville Centre,
Auxiliary Bishop James J. Daly died Monday at the age of 92. His funeral Mass is scheduled for 1 PM today at Saint Agnes Cathedral in Rockvile Centre.
Daly served as vicar general, the second-highest post in the diocese, under Bishop John McGann for several years before his retirement in 1996. Among other highlights of his 48-year career in the priesthood, Daly served as dean of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington and was responsible for assigning parish priests withing the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He also served as pastor of St. Boniface parish in Elmont in the 1970s, before being promoted to Auxiliary Bishop in 1977.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre is the 6th largest U.S. Roman Catholic Diocese, comprising all of Suffolk and Nassau Counties and serving more than 1.5 million in 134 parishes across Long Island.
Daly was a Bronx native, raised in Jamaica, Queens, and was ordained in 1948 after attending seminary in Huntington. His first assignment was as a parish priest at Our Lady of the Snow in Blue Point.
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