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obit Daly MsgrCharlesWEST HARTFORD – Msgr. Charles W. Daly, 95, died at St. Mary Home in West Hartford on Feb. 26, 2016.

He was born in Hartford, a son of the late Dr. Charles W. Daly and Cecelia Scanlon Daly. He graduated from Hartford High School, Georgetown University and Harvard School of Business. He served in the United States Army during World War II, achieving the rank of captain.

After his ordination to the priesthood in 1951, Msgr. Daly was first appointed as assistant at St. Patrick Parish in East Hampton. He then was appointed assistant pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Hartford from September 1951 to September 1955. He was named assistant chancellor of the Archdiocese of Hartford and executive secretary-treasurer of The Catholic Transcript in January of 1959.

In June of 1962, Msgr. Daly assumed full-time duties at the chancery as the fiscal officer of the Archdiocese of Hartford. He retired on Jan. 19, 1996.

In addition to his parents, Msgr. Daly was predeceased by his four siblings, Father Joseph M. Daly, John F. Daly, Mary D. Redden and Robert J. Daly, and by his niece, Elizabeth Ann Daly.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Margaret E. Daly of New Britain; Robert J. Daly Jr. of West Hartford; Charles W. Daly II of West Hartford; Thomas G. Daly of Glastonbury; Joseph C. Daly of Niantic; Bergin J. Daly of Sunset Beach, N.C.; and Cecilia A. Daly of Groton. He is also survived by many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial March 3 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. Burial followed in the family plot at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Contributions in Msgr. Daly's name may be made to the Cathedral of St. Joseph Food Bank, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.