Fr. Richard Daly has served as the parochial vicar of St. James’ Church since February 2019. As of January 2020, he serves as the interim parish priest during the parish’s search for a new rector.
He was born in Chicago, but his father’s family has been in Texas since the 1840s. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1991, he served as curate at Trinity Church, Wauwatosa, WI. He was then the rector of St. Peter’s, Sheboygan Falls, WI, before receiving the call as rector of St. Stephen’s Church, Sherman, TX in this diocese. In 1998, he took position with the Chicago police department in hopes of being a police chaplain. At that time, he was told he need to have at least three years “street experience” before he could go to the chaplain unit. Due to departmental politics, he was passed over for the chaplain unit and spent his whole career in patrol with twelve of those years as a Field Training Officer. Upon his retirement from the police department he has happily moved back to Texas to continue more fully his priestly ministry.
During his service with the police department, Fr. Daly acquired training in Crisis Intervention, Peer Support and developing departmental partnerships with the community. His post seminary and graduate studies has been in pastoral psychotherapy, addiction counseling and suicide prevention. Those skills have been used to minister to parishioners and police officers. Currently he serves as one of the chaplains to the Texarkana, Texas police department.
While living in Chicago, he served as the interim rector for two years at St. Raphael the Archangel, Oak Lawn, IL. He was also the priest-in-charge at St. David’s, Aurora, IL. In 2002, he was the parochial vicar of St. Paul’s, Riverside, IL. In 2017 he became the priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s following the rector’s retirement. During 2018 he ministered as an assisting priest at Church of the Ascension, Chicago.
Fr. Daly is married to Diana. Their children are Nik, Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel. They have one granddaughter, Victoria. Father and Diana enjoy taking cruises. He also is a big railroad fan and enthusiast.