Fr Mike Delaney was born in Hobart, Tasmania on 3rd May 1951, the eldest of seven children of Trevor and Betty Delaney. He was educated by the Sisters of St Joseph at Sacred Heart, New Town, the Salesians at Savio College (now Dominic College) Glenorchy, the Christian Brothers at St Mary’s Technical College (Geelong, Vic) and St Virgil’s College, Hobart. After Seminary studies at Corpus Christi College (Werribee, Glen Waverley and Clayton) he was ordained on 20th August 1975 in St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart. He served as an assistant in the parishes of Launceston, Bellerive, Cathedral and Sandy Bay/Taroona before being appointed Parish Priest of Deloraine. Following the death of Archbishop Sir Guilford Young he was appointed to act as Administrator of the Church of Apostles then Parish Priest of Glenorchy and New Norfolk.
After the Call to Change process he was appointed Moderator of the Catholic Parish of Central Tasmania. Then followed a three year appointment to the Launceston Parish with responsibility for the Parishes of the East Coast and Campbell Town. He is currently the Parish Priest of the Mersey Leven Parish.
He has worked (part-time) as an Industrial Chaplain with Tasmania Police, the Tasmanian Fire Service and Humes Concrete. He continues his involvement with Industrial Chaplaincy as a member of the Board of Converge International. Since 1983 he has served as a Naval Reserve Chaplain spending part of 2005 as Chaplain to HMAS Darwin in the Arabian Gulf.
He has also been a member of the Tasmanian Council of Churches for many years and has served two terms as President of the Council. He has also represented the Catholic Church nationally on the Christian World Service (now Act for Peace) Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia.