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Former Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, George H. Niederauer, has died

Former Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, George H. Niederauer, has died (Photo: Archdiocese of San Francisco)

(KUTV) Former Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, George H. Niederauer, has died at age 80.

The Catholic Diocese announced his death Tuesday afternoon, and reported he "died peacefully earlier today" in a San Rafael, California, nursing home.

"We are deeply grieved to learn of the death of Archbishop George H. Niederauer," said current Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City Oscar A. Solis in a written statement. "During the eleven years he was bishop of Salt Lake City, he was known for his kindness, ecumenical spirit and embrace for the least important of the community."

“The passing of his excellency Bishop George H. Niederauer will be felt by many in the state of Utah," said Governor Gary Herbert in a press release. "As the eighth bishop of the Salt Lake City Diocese, Bishop Niederauer made an indelible mark on our community through his spiritual leadership. His ten years of service here were marked with great collaboration in the faith community. His loss is felt deeply.”

Niederauer was born June 14, 1936 in Los Angeles, California, according to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, where he served as Archbishop.

He was ordained to the priesthood on April 30, 1962 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. From 1962 to 1963, he was assistant pastor for Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Claremont, California.

He was appointed Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City November 3, 1994 and, after serving back in San Francisco, retired July 27, 2012.

The funeral Mass for the Archbishop will be at Saint Mary Cathedral in San Francisco, on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert released the following statement after his passing:

"The passing of his excellency Bishop George H. Niederauer will be felt by many in the state of Utah. As the eighth bishop of the Salt Lake City Diocese, Bishop Niederauer made an indelible mark on our community through his spiritual leadership. His ten years of service here were marked with great collaboration in the faith community. His loss is felt deeply.”

"Bishop Niederauer served the Salt Lake City Diocese from 1995-2005 before being named the eighth Metropolitan Archbishop of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI. The Holy See accepted Niederauer’s letter of resignation in 2012 after health complications."

There was also a statement from the Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis from the Salt Lake City Diocese:

"We are deeply grieved to learn of the death of Archbishop George H. Niederauer. He died peacefully at the Nazareth House of San Rafael Nursing Home on May 2, 2017 of pulmonary fibrosis. He was a great churchman, accepting each position he was given with humility and generosity.

"During the eleven years he was bishop of Salt Lake City, he was known for his kindness, ecumenical spirit and embrace for the least important of the community. Each individual was a child of God for him, regardless of their human situation. In his early years he earned a doctorate in English Literature and taught English and theology at Saint John’s Seminary in Southern California. His excellent homilies and love for films reflected that literary gift that was his. During his time in Utah he oversaw the building of the Skaggs Catholic Center as well as the expansion of missions and parishes. Archbishop Niederauer was greatly loved and left his imprint throughout the diocese.

"The funeral Mass for the Archbishop will be at Saint Mary Cathedral in San Francisco, on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM."



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