April 18, 2018

Bishop Emeritus David Foley dies after brief illness at age 88

Most Reverend David Edward Foley, D.D., beloved bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, died at St. John Vianney Residence for Priests in Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 88.
He served 11 years as the Bishop of Birmingham submitting his resignation to Pope Saint John Paul II at the age of 75 as required by Canon Law. Bishop Foley was elected by the Diocesan Consultors to serve 2 1/2 years as Administrator of the diocese prior to the installation of Bishop Robert J. Baker, S.T.D. in 2007.
Bishop Foley's retirement was in name only: he never stopped being a priest, which was the true love of his life. He would spend Christmas and Thanksgiving at prisons, celebrate Mass for any priest for any reason in any parish at any time, and would regularly help with Confirmations. Always humble, he quietly continued his ministry, which included visiting the sick at hospitals each week and celebrating Mass once a week for the elderly unable to travel. He lived a full and happy life as a priest, setting an example to all on how to live fearlessly following Christ.
Bishop Foley's body will be received at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, in Birmingham on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m.
Following reception of the body, prayers will be held on the hour until 6:30 p.m. A Rosary will begin at 4 p.m., led by Father Kevin Bazzel. At 6:30 p.m., Bishop Robert J. Baker, current bishop of the Birmingham diocese, will preside over the Vesper service with Abbot Cletus Meagher of St. Bernard Abbey preaching.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Archbishop Thomas Rodi of the Archdiocese of Mobile will preside. Burial will immediately follow in the Cathedral of Saint Paul courtyard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Seminarian Education Fund, Diocese of  Birmingham, P.O. Box 12047, Birmingham, AL 35202-2047.


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