Daniel M. Buechlein

The Most Reverend
Daniel Mark Buechlein
Archbishop Emeritus of Indianapolis
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Indianapolis (Emeritus)
In office July 14, 1992 – September 21, 2011
Predecessor Edward O'Meara
Successor Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R.
Ordination May 3, 1964
Consecration March 2, 1987
by Thomas Cajetan Kelly, OP
Personal details
Born (1938-04-20) April 20, 1938
Jasper, Indiana
Previous post Bishop of Memphis (1987–1992)
Styles of
Daniel Mark Buechlein
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style Not Applicable

Daniel Mark Buechlein, OSB (born April 20, 1938) is a Benedictine monk and an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the third Bishop of Memphis from 1987 until he was appointed the fifth Archbishop of Indianapolis from July 14, 1992, until his early resignation, resulting from inclement health, was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on September 21, 2011.


Daniel Buechlein was born in Jasper, Indiana, to Carl and Rose (née Blessinger) Buechlein, and made his solemn profession as a Benedictine monk on August 15, 1963. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1964, at St. Meinrad Archabbey. In August 1971 he was named President-Rector of the Saint Meinrad School of Theology. He assumed the post of President-Rector of Saint Meinrad College, in addition to his other duties, in 1982.

On January 20, 1987, Buechlein was appointed the third Bishop of Memphis, Tennessee, by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the March 2, 1987 from Archbishop Thomas Cajetan Kelly, OP, with Archbishops James Stafford and Edward O'Meara serving as co-consecrators. Buechlein was installed as the Memphis ordinary on the same day.

He returned to Indiana upon being named the fifth Archbishop of Indianapolis on July 14, 1992; Buechlein was installed as such by Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan on September 9, 1992. In 1995 he was appointed Co-moderator of the Disciples of Christ-Roman Catholic International Dialogue and as a consultor to the Congregation for the Clergy in the Roman Curia in 2003.

After his resignation, Archbishop Buechlein returned to the Benedictine monastic community at St. Meinrad Archabbey.

Archbishop Buechlein wrote a weekly column entitled Seeking the Face of the Lord for the official archdiocesan newspaper.


On January 18, 2008, Buechlein was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, more commonly known as Hodgkin's disease, having experienced heavy fatigue and a swelling under his right arm and then undergoing medical tests on the previous January 13. He had expected that although his ministry would be slightly curtailed that the Archdiocese will continue to operate as usual.[1] On June 20, 2008, Buechlein announced that his cancer was in remission and his regular routine would resume in August.[2] In 2009, he had a shoulder replacement; in 2010, he had surgery to remove a benign tumor from his stomach, and in March 2011 he suffered a small stroke and was admitted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

On September 21, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation for reasons of health, because of the stroke and the cancer he had been suffering.[3] Buechlein announced his plan to retire to the St. Meinrad Archabbey near his birthplace in southern Indiana.[4] In October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Tobin as his successor; he was installed on December 3, 2012, in the Cathedral.


  1. Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Archbishop Buechlein diagnosed with cancer January 25, 2008
  2. Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Archbishop Buechlein's cancer is in remission June 20, 2008
  3. Rinunce e nomine, 21. 09. 2011 21 September 2011
  4. Associated Press. "Ailing archbishop announces retirement". The Herald-Times, 2011-09-22, A2.

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Episcopal succession

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
James Stafford
Bishop of Memphis
Succeeded by
J. Terry Steib, SVD
Preceded by
Edward O'Meara
Archbishop of Indianapolis
Succeeded by
Joseph William Tobin

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