Bishop David E. Foley, retired bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham, died on 17th April at the St John Vianney Residence for Priests in Birmingham. He was 88.
News reports said he had been battling cancer.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated on 23rd April by Mobile Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi at the Cathedral of St Paul in Birmingham and burial will immediately follow in the cathedral’s courtyard.
Bishop Foley’s body will be received at the cathedral on 22nd April in the afternoon and a period for prayers will be held from 2-6:30 pm (CDT). Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham will preside over the vesper service with Benedictine Abbot Cletus Meagher of St Bernard Abbey in Cullman preaching.
Bishop Foley served 11 years as bishop of Birmingham. He submitted his resignation in 2005 at age 75 as required by canon law. He was then chosen by the diocesan consultors to serve for two and a half years as administrator of the diocese prior to the installation of Bishop Baker.
The bishop’s retirement was in name only: He never stopped being a priest. He would spend Christmas and Thanksgiving at prisons, would celebrate Mass at any parish when needed and would regularly help with confirmations.
Picture: Now-retired Pope Benedict XVI greets retired Bishop David E. Foley of Birmingham, Ala., during a 2012 meeting at the Vatican. Bishop Foley died on 17th April at the St John Vianney Residence for Priests in Birmingham. He was 88. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano).