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Worcester Bishop Emeritus Daniel Patrick Reilly Dies at 96

By Tom Marino | June 20, 2024
Last Updated: June 20, 2024

WORCESTER – Bishop Emeritus Daniel Patrick Reilly, who served as the fourth bishop of Worcester from 1994 until his retirement in 2004, has died. He was 96 years old.

June 20, 2024

According to the Catholic Free Press, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Worcester, he died on June 18.

After attending St. Michael’s Parish School in Providence, Reilly studied for priesthood at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick and Grand Seminaire, St. Brieuc in France. After being ordained, Reilly became associate pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul in Providence in 1953.

He also studied at Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration and Boston College School of Business Administration.

At the Diocese of Providence, he receive appointments as assistant chancellor in 1954, secretary to the bishop in 1956, and chancellor of the diocese in 1964. In 1971, Reilly became administrator of the Diocese of Providence and vicar general in 1972.

Pope Paul VI named Reilly the Bishop of Norwich, Connecticut, in 1975.

Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of Worcester in 1994, where he served until retirement, becoming Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Worcester.

Reilly help several posts as a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, including as chairman of the International Policy Committee. In 1995, he travelled to with the United States Delegation for Peace in Northern Ireland.

He also travelled to Egypt, Ethiopia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Cuba, South Africa, Poland and Haiti as chairman of Catholic Relief Services.

Throughout his life, Reilly received honorary degrees from Reilly received honorary doctoral degrees from the College of the Holy Cross, Assumption University, Anna Maria College, Providence College and Salve Regina College, Sacred Heart University Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut and St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.

Reilly’s wake will be at St. Paul Cathedral, at 15 Chatham St. in Worcester, from 2 PM to 7 PM on Tuesday, June 25. The funeral, also at St. Paul Cathedral, will be June 26, at 11 AM. WorcessterDiocese.org will livestream the funeral.

Reilly’s final resting place will be at St. Ann Cemetery, at 72 Church St. in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Images courtesy of the Diocese of Worcester

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