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Pope Francis appoints Thomas Daly as new Catholic Bishop of Spokane

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Thomas Daly of the Diocese of San Jose has been named the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. (Vatican Photo) Thomas Daly of the Diocese of San Jose has been named the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. (Vatican Photo)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Thomas Daly of the Diocese of San Jose has been named the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane.

The appointment by Pope Francis was announced Thursday morning.

The 54-year-old Daly succeeds Blase Cupich, who was recently made the archbishop of Chicago.

Daly is currently the auxiliary bishop in the nation's 10th largest diocese. He was born in San Francisco and was ordained as a priest in 1987.

His installation in Spokane is set for May 20 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Daly received his bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco in 1982. He completed a master's degree in divinity at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California, then received a master's in education from Boston College in 1996.

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