Bishop Peter Ingham yesterday announced the sad news of the death of Fr Anthony ‘Tony’ Daly, parish priest of St Thomas More Catholic Parish, Ruse, following a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
In a statement to clergy, Bishop Ingham said, “Our brother priest, Fr Anthony Daly, passed peacefully to eternal life this morning (Monday 29 February 2016) at 8.00am. I saw Fr Tony last night at Bowral Private Hospital, together with two of his sisters. At the weekend, I met with the people of the parish, where there is a lot of grief at the loss of their much-loved parish priest. We offer our sympathy to Fr Tony’s family, his close friends among the clergy, and to all who knew and loved him. May he rest in the Lord’s peace and enjoy the reward of his goodness.”
Bishop Ingham expressed gratitude to the parishioners of St Thomas More, especially long-serving parish secretary and friend of Fr Tony, Mrs Carmel Munro, as well as Diocesan Clergy Care Coordinator, Mrs Sue Daniels, and all those that cared for Fr Tony at Bowral Private Hospital. Bishop Ingham said, “May their works of service be richly blessed.”
Prior to joining the priesthood, Fr Tony was a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) for thirty-four years and held office as Regional President (Southern Highlands) and Training and Formation Officer with the Wollongong Diocesan Council, as well as being a member of the NSW/ACT State Council Training Committee.
Fr Tony was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Ingham on 27 February 2003 at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Wollongong. Fr Tony served as Assistant Priest at All Saints Parish, Shellharbour City (2003-2007) and Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Rosemeadow (2007). In 2005, Fr Tony was appointed as SVdP Spiritual Advisor and the Diocesan Chaplain to Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. In 2007 Fr Tony was appointed Administrator of St Thomas More Parish, Ruse, and then in 2008 he was appointed Parish Priest, a role in which he continued to serve until his passing.
The Funeral Rites will be celebrated at St Thomas More Catholic Church (43 Acacia Avenue, Ruse) as follows:
VIGIL FOR THE DECEASED
7.30pm, Wednesday 2 March 2016
PONTIFICAL FUNERAL MASS
1.00pm, Thursday 3 March 2016
Following the funeral, Fr Daly’s body will be taken to the Crematorium at the South Chapel, Forest Lawn Cemetery and Crematorium, Leppington. To fulfil the wishes of Fr Tony, his ashes will later be taken to Broken Hill to be interred with his family.