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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Bishops greet Bishop Daly

the Inland Register

(From the May 21, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

From Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago

It is easy to offer congratulations to Bishop Daly on his appointment as Bishop of Spokane, because he will soon find out what a treasure he has received. He will discover in his ministry that the laity, priests and Religious are a hearty and resilient lot. They are willing to make sacrifices and are strong in their determination to take up the task of ongoing renewal called for by the Second Vatican Council.

The Church of Spokane has a bright future, having come through challenging times with great grace. Under Bishop Daly’s leadership the diocese is poised to begin a new chapter of its history through the “Know, Love and Serve” Pastoral Plan. All those who participated in launching this renewal share the conviction of Pope Francis that: “Goodness always tends to spread. Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others. As it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good.”

My prayer is that the Diocese of Spokane will continue to prosper as each of you shares the Joy of the Gospel through your parishes, schools, Catholic Charities, hospitals and various other efforts on behalf of the poor. Bishop Daly deserves everyone’s support. Make my joy complete by giving him the same warm, enthusiastic, generous and loving welcome you gave to me.

(Archbishop Cupich was Bishop Daly’s immediate predecessor as Bishop of Spokane.)


From Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of Spokane

What great news for us in the Diocese of Spokane when we heard of the appointment of Bishop Thomas Daly, our new bishop! Whenever there is the absence of a diocesan bishop in the diocese either because of retirement, death or transfer, we parishioners feel a lack of completeness. So the announcement of the selection of our new bishop was “music to our ears” as we look forward to Bishop Daly’s installation on May 20 in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. We welcome him with great joy, congratulations, prayers and support.

One of the realities of a diocesan bishop, just like that of pastors of parishes, is that each brings his own personality, gifts, and service in priestly and pastoral ministry to the people of God. The bishop’s ministry, while joyful and life-giving, is also challenging as he shepherds the diocese in relationship to all. That is why there is need for all of us, as Bishop Daly begins his episcopal ministry here, to keep him in prayer and offer support for a brother who has been chosen to serve us as bishop.

Personally, I too offer him my prayers and assistance in any way he may wish and deem appropriate. He will quickly discover in the Spokane Diocese a people deeply committed to the Church, and resilient after some challenging years in our recent history. He will quickly come to know a remarkable presence of the Catholic Church in Eastern Washington, with its diversity of people and regions, its many Catholic institutions serving all of God’s people, and a commitment to being evermore like Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

To you Bishop Daly, welcome! Prayers and blessings always!


From Bishop Patrick McGrath, Bishop of San Jose, Calif.

As Bishop Thomas Daly begins his ministry as Shepherd of the Church of Spokane, I offer him my heartfelt congratulations and my thanks for his ministry as Bishop here in San Jose these past four years. He served the people of San Jose with a generosity of spirit and he has always been most helpful to me.

I know that the people of Spokane will soon discover that Bishop Daly is a loving pastor, committed to living the Gospel so that many will come to the Lord, believe in Him and share the salvation offered by our God. He has modeled his life and ministry after the heart of the Good Shepherd and the humility of Saint Vincent de Paul.

As he moves to the Great Northwest, Bishop Daly takes with him his incredible dedication to the work of Vocations, as well as his interest and expertise in matters related to Catholic Education. You will be edified by his love of the Lord, inspired by his preaching and entertained by his sharp wit.

I will miss Bishop Daly greatly, as will our priests, Religious and laity.


From Bishop Joseph Tyson, Bishop of Yakima,
and Bishop Carlos Sevilla SJ, Bishop Emeritus of Yakima

Dear Friends in Spokane!

What a joyous moment we have this May 20, 2015 when we welcome Bishop Thomas Daly as the new bishop of Spokane. As a successor to the apostles he receives from our Holy Father, Pope Francis, the mandate to lead the great people of the Spokane Diocese closer to Jesus Christ.

From the Methow Valley in the North to the Palouse Country in the South; from rolling wheat fields right into the urban areas of the city of Spokane, Catholics in Eastern Washington rejoice that a new bishop with a new set of gifts will continue the fine labor of Bishop Skylstad and Archbishop Cupich.

Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bishop Daly, and you, the people of the Spokane Diocese, as you embark on this newest turn in your journey of faith.

With every best wish and blessing!

Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima
Most Reverend Carlos Sevilla SJ, Bishop Emeritus of Yakima


From Bishop Eusebio Elizondo m.sp.s, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle

It is a great joy for me as a bishop to welcome Bishop Daly as Ordinary for the Diocese of Spokane. Chosen as he is by the Holy Spirit through the Vicar of Christ on Earth, Pope Francis, I am convinced that both the Diocese of Spokane and our region will be the recipients of the many talents and blessings God has given to Bishop Daly to enrich the history of the Church here in the Northwest and surprising us with even a brighter and greater future through his pastoral care.

Welcome, Hermano! Count on my prayers and support!

May the Blessed Virgin protect you always!

(IR file photos from Catholic News Service)


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