SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City confirmed former Bishop George H. Niederauer has died.
The diocese said he died peacefully Tuesday at a nursing home in San Rafael, California.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
He will be buried from the San Francisco Cathedral where he served as Archbishop.
The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City said on its website:
On behalf of Bishop Solis, we inform you of the death of our former Bishop, George H. Niederauer. He died peacefully earlier today, May 7, 2017, at the nursing home in San Rafael, California. Funeral arrangements are pending. He will be buried from the San Francisco Cathedral where he served as Archbishop. Please remember him in your prayers. Requiescat +George in pace.
According to the diocese:
Bishop George H. Niederauer was ordained a priest on April 30, 1962 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He served as spiritual director, faculty member and rector of Saint John's Seminary, and was co-director of the Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for Priests in Los Angeles. On November 3, 1994 he was appointed eighth bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. He was ordained in The Cathedral of the Madeleine on January 25, 1995.
Governor Gary Herbert said this in a statement:
"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."