Former Archbishop of Dubuque dies at age 94

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - He served as the Archbishop of Dubuque between 1984 to 1995. Now retired Archbishop Daniel Kucera has died at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. He was 94 years old.

Archbishop Kucera was born May 7, 1923 in Chicago. He became a monk in June of 1944, and was ordained into the priesthood in May 1949. Kucera earned masters and doctoral degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

After serving in various positions, he was ordained auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Joliet, Illinois in 1977. From there, he was named bishop of Salina, Kansas in 1980 until his time in Dubuque.

While in Dubuque, Archbishop Kucera expanded services for youth formation, communications, Hispanic ministry and advocacy for public policies that respect the life of a person. He also established an educational development fund for promoting Catholic education and faith formation.

Archbishop Kucera is survived by one brother, Father Edward Kucera, OSB of Lisle, Illinois.

His visitation is set for Monday at the Cathedral of St. Raphael in Dubuque starting at 5 p.m. A vigil service begins at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place the next day at the same location. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. until the funeral Mass begins at 11 a.m.