DUBUQUE — Retired Archbishop Daniel W. Kucera, who headed the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque for 11 years from 1984-95, died Tuesday at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. He was 94 years old.
The archdiocese covers Waterloo-Cedar Falls and the northeast quarter of Iowa.
A native of Chicago, Kucera was ordained to the priesthood May 26, 1949. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and held several positions in addition to teaching at St. Procopius College. In 1959, at the age of 36, he was named the youngest president of St. Procopius College, Lisle, Ill.
He was elected abbot of St. Procopius Abbey in 1964, and in 1971 was called again to be president of the college until 1976. In 1977, he was ordained auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Joliet, Ill. He was named bishop of Salina, Kan., in 1980 and served there until 1984 when he was named to the Dubuque post.
During his tenure the Archdiocese of Dubuque expanded services for youth formation, communications, Hispanic ministry and “advocacy for public policies that respect the life and dignity of the human person,” according to a release from the archdiocese. He established an educational development fund for promoting Catholic education and faith formation, which later bore his name.
Kucera served on several committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and was elected treasurer of the Conference from 1987-1990 and 1992-1993.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral of St. Raphael in Dubuque. Interment will be in the cemetery of St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, Ill.
Memorials may be given to the Archbishop Kucera Educational Development Fund in care of the Archdiocese.