Richard P. Daley, O.S.A.

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1906 – 1983 (September 3)

Richard Philip Daley, the son of Daniel Daley and Ellen Sheridan, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 19, 1906. He attended Saint Rita High School, Chicago, and then entered Augustinian Academy, Staten Island, New York. He was received as a novice on September 8, 1927, and spent his novitiate year at Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, New York. He professed first vows on September 9, 1928, and solemn vows on September 9, 1931. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy at Villanova College in 1932. In that year he began theological studies at Augustinian College, Washington, DC, where he was ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 1935, by Bishop James Ryan. 

Father Daley’s first assignment was to our parish of Saint Thomas, Rockford, Illinois, in 1936. On August 5, 1939 he was sent to Saint Augustine, Havana, Cuba. In 1953 he was named assistant at Saint Augustine Parish, Troy, New York, and in 1954 as assistant in Saint Mary’s Parish, Waterford, New York. On December 15, 1958 he was appointed rector of Saint Monica, Caimito del Guayanal, Cuba. When the Augustinians had to leave Cuba, Father returned to the Villanova Monastery. On March 11, 1960, Father Daley was named assistant at Immaculate Conception Parish, Hoosick Falls, New York. In 1961 he was assistant at Saint Augustine, Lawrence, Massachusetts, and in 1964 at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Staten Island, New York; in 1968 at Our Mother of Consolation, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. In 1971 he was named prior and pastor of Saint Augustine Parish, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and remained there until his retirement in 1979 to Saint Thomas of Villanova Monastery, Villanova. 

After a lengthy illness. Father Daley died at Villanova Monastery on September 3, 1983. Father Daley was involved in a serious automobile accident which left him with lasting damage to his back. Through all of this and in his last illness, he exhibited great patience. He was known for his optimism and sociability as well as for his candor, spirit of prayer, and the faithful practice of the devotions of the rosary and the stations of the cross. Father Daley is buried in the Augustinian plot at Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.