Cardinal Brady asks for prayers for Cardinal Daly

29 Dec 2009

29 December 2009

Cardinal Brady asks for prayers for Cardinal Daly

The Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh, Cardinal Cahal Brendan Daly (92), was taken to hospital yesterday.  Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, issued the following statement

“I visited Cardinal Daly in hospital yesterday evening.  Cardinal Daly is seriously ill and is being treated at the coronary intensive care unit of Belfast City Hospital.  He is being lovingly supported by his family and friends.

“At this time I ask Catholics to pray for Cardinal Daly, that he may be given all the graces that he needs.  While this is a sad time for all, we should be heartened and nourished by Cardinal Daly’s motto which is ‘Jesus Christ, yesterday and today’ (Hebrews 13:8).

“I know that throughout Ireland today people will be remembering Cardinal Daly in their prayers.”


Notes for Editors

  • Cardinal Cathal B Daly was born in Loughguile, Co Antrim on 1 October 1917.  He was educated at St Patrick’s National School in Loughguile, and then as a boarder in St Malachy’s College, Belfast in 1930.
  • He studied Classics at Queen’s University in Belfast and earned his BA with Honours and also the Henry Medal in Latin Studies in 1937 and completed his MA the following year.
  • He entered St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and was ordained to the priesthood on 22 June 1941.  He continued studies in theology in Maynooth, from where he obtained a doctorate in divinity (DD) in 1944.
  • His first appointment was as Classics Master in St Malachy’s College (1944-1945).  In 1945, he was appointed Lecturer in Scholastic Philosophy at Queen’s University, Belfast.  From 1952–1953 Queens granted him sabbatical leave, which he spent studying at the Catholic Institute of Paris where he received a licentiate in philosophy.
  • He was a peritus, or theological expert, at the Second Vatican Council (1963–1965) to the late Bishop William Philbin, former Bishop of Down and Connor, during the first session of the Council and to the late Cardinal William Conway, former Archbishop of Armagh, for the rest of the Council.
  • Cardinal Daly was ordained Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnois in 1967 and was subsequently consecrated as Bishop of Down and Connor in 1982.
  • Cardinal Daly was consecrated as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland on 16 December 1990 and served until his retirement, at the age of 79, where he was succeeded by Cardinal Brady on 1 October 1996.  Cardinal Daly  was created a cardinal in by the late Pope John Paul II on 28 June 1991.  Cardinal Daly has the motto, “Jesus Christ, yesterday and today” taken from Hebrews 13:8.
  • Upon his retirement Cardinal Daly returned to his study of theology and philosophy. He is the author of a series of books on violence and the search for peace in Northern Ireland including a book of memoirs ‘Steps on My Pilgrim Journey’ which was published in 1998.  Among his other published works are ‘Philosophy in Britain from Bradley to Wittgenstein’ and ‘The Minding of Planet Earth’, published in 2004. In March 2007 the late Dr Thomas Kelly, former head of the Department of Philosophy at NUI Maynooth, launched ‘Philosophical Papers’, a collection of articles previously published in various journals by Cardinal Daly.

Further information:
Martin Long, Catholic Communications Office, 086 172 7678