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22 THE QUEENS COURIER • MAY 18, 2017 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM Queens Catholics mourn retired Bishop Daily, 89 BY ROBERT POZARYCKI rpozarycki@qns.com / @robbpoz Retired Bishop Th omas V. Daily, former leader of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens who died on Monday, May 15, at the age of 89, will be remembered at a funeral Mass in Douglaston on Friday morning, May 19. Daily died at his residence in the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston. He presided over the diocese for 13 years, leading the church through diffi cult fi nancial times; his tenure, however, ended aft er he became ensnared in the global Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. Th e Massachusetts native became the sixth Bishop of Brooklyn in 1990 aft er previously serving as the fi rst Bishop of Palm Beach, FL. He was ordained a priest by the Archdiocese of Boston in 1952 and would serve the fi rst eight years of his ministry at St. Ann’s Church in the Boston suburb of Quincy. In 1960, Daily headed to Lima, Peru, as part of the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle, working with the poor in the South American nation. He would return to Boston in 1965 and, in 1971, went to work for Boston Cardinal Humberto Sousa Medeiros. Daily was named an auxiliary bishop in 1975 and appointed the following year as vicar general for the Archdiocese of Boston. Over his 13 years of leadership in Brooklyn and Queens, as Th e New York Times reported, Bishop Daily consolidated a number of parishes and embarked on a major capital investment program to bring much-needed repairs to churches and schools across both boroughs. He also worked with the Knights of Columbus to bring Pope John Paul II to Queens during his October 1995 visit to the United States. Th e pontiff celebrated Mass before a crowd of tens of thousands at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park. In many ways, however, Daily’s work in the diocese was overshadowed by the Catholic Church sex scandal that came to light in 2002. Th e Massachusetts attorney general found that Daily — while vicar general to Cardinal Medeiros and, briefl y, Cardinal Bernard Law — failed to properly investigate abuse allegations against priests in the Boston archdiocese. Th e Brooklyn diocese was not immune to the sex abuse scandal; in Daily’s fi nal years, the diocese and the bishop were named in a class action lawsuit by 42 people who claimed to have been abused by local priests. In testifying at a deposition involving one of the Boston priests in 2002, Daily would express regret for his actions in Boston, but stated that he was following the church’s protocol at the time. Pope John Paul II accepted Daily’s resignation Ribbon cutting for Packaging Depot Th e Packaging Depot, located at 45-42 37th St. in Long Island City, celebrated its grand opening on May 19. Th e new store off ers packaging supplies, shipping boxes, janitorial supplies, bubble wrap and more. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens Star Network to host its premiere ‘Excellence in Real Estate & Development Awards & Networking Event’ Th e Star Network will be hosting its Premiere “Excellence in Real Estate & Development Awards & Networking Event” on Wednesday, June 14. We will be feting successful real estate and development professionals in the following categories: development, residential, commercial and individual accomplishments. Th is event will bring together industry experts including development, retail, residential, industrial, investment and more to provide valuable insight into what is currently taking place and what opportunities exist in the market. Th e event will feature Tami Bonnell, CEO of Exit Realty Corp International as the keynote speaker. Proceeds from the evening’s raffl e will be donated to Candles for Hope, which hosts birthday parties for homeless children. Th e Star Network’s “Excellence in Real Estate & Development Awards & Networking Event,” on Wednesday, June 14, is in association with Property Shark and Brownstoner.com. It will be held at Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111th St., Corona, NY 11368, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $150 each; $1,400 for a table of 10. Sponsors include Flushing Bank, National Grid, Quontic Bank, California Closets, Modern Spaces and Exit Realty. To learn more, or for sponsorship information, call Toni Cimino at 718 224 5863 ext. 201 or email tcimino@ starnetwork.com. Photo Credit: Angela Matua/QNS Owners Greg Pippo and Charles Rick (in white), Assemblyman David Weprin, Thomas Grech, Queens Chamber of Commerce in August of 2003, and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who led the Camden diocese in New Jersey, was appointed as Daily’s successor. “Bishop Daily was a man who personifi ed the Second Vatican Council’s call for a preferential option for the poor,” DiMarzio said in a statement on May 15. “He ministered to indigenous people amidst poverty in Peru, women in crisis pregnancies, as well as new and oft en poor immigrants living in Brooklyn. He never acted out of malice or to further his own self-interest. At heart he was a missionary. I suspect he wished he could have remained in the missions his entire life.”


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