Born in 1924 in Minnesota, Minnesota, Fr. Buckley was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado in 1953. In 1959, he was incardinated into the Diocese of New Ulm.
Fr. Buckley’s assignments in the Diocese of New Ulm:
- Ss. Peter and Paul, Glencoe, 1959-1960
- St. Mary, Seaforth, 1960
- Associate, St. Mary, Bird Island, 1960
- Administrator, Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Taunton, 1960
- Pastor, St. Mary, Cottonwood, 1960-1961
- Administrator, St. Isidore, Clarkfield, 1961-1963
- Pastor, St. Andrew, Granite Falls and St. James, Dawson, 1963-1969
- Pastor, St. Michael, Milroy, 1969-1978
Fr. Buckley retired from assigned ministry in 1978 and died in 1985 at the age of 60.