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dailyWALLINGFORD – Father Leo J. Daily, 95, Pastor Emeritus of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Yalesville, died on May 30 at the Masonicare Health Center.

He was born on Nov. 19, 1913, in Stamford, the son of John L. and Elizabeth L. Daily, and graduated in 1931 from Stamford High School. He was a 1934 graduate of the Connecticut College of Pharmacy in New Haven and was licensed by the state of Connecticut as a pharmacist.

He worked at a Norwalk pharmacy for several years before entering St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield in 1937. He completed his priestly studies at St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, N.Y., and was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1944, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by then-Bishop Henry J. O’Brien.

Father Daily was a professor of mathematics and the physical sciences at St. Thomas Seminary from 1944 until 1969. From 1944-46, he was co-chaplain at the former House of the Good Shepherd in Hartford, assisted at local parishes and, in 1967, became treasurer of the seminary.

He was then appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Meriden in June of 1969 and stayed there until his retirement in 1988. In 1971 and 1972, he was a member of the school board of the Archdiocese of Hartford. From 1972 to 1975, he was dean of the Meriden Deanery. In 1974, he was a representative of the Archdiocese on the Advisory Board of the Pharmacy Information Council. In 1975, he oversaw construction of the interior of St. Joseph Church for its 75th anniversary.

Father Daily also served as secretary of the Meriden Clergy Association; as chaplain of the Daughters of Isabella, Silver City Council; and on the board of trustees of St. Thomas Seminary.

He then served as Pastor Emeritus at Our Lady of Fatima Church from 1988 until the time of his death. Although his official retirement occurred on his 75th birthday, he had continued to serve in unofficial capacities in that parish.

He is survived by several cousins in Connecticut and Ireland. He was predeceased by a brother, Walter Daily.

A parish Mass was celebrated June 3, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning. Father Mark R. Jette, Pastor of the linked parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Paul in West Haven, preached the homily.

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.