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Obituaries and Condolences


Coat of Arms Archbishop Emeritus Niederauer

 Archdiocese of San Francisco                    
 San Francisco Chronicle
 Catholic San Francisco  Salt Lake Tribune
 Intermountain Catholic (Salt Lake City), 5/12/17
  Deseret News  (Salt Lake City)
 Angelus (Los Angeles)
 Intermountain Catholic, 5/19/17


Archbishop José H. Gomez:

"Friends, let us extend our heart-felt prayers to Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and all the family of God in the Archdiocese of San Francisco upon the passing of retired Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco. Archbishop Niederauer was a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a graduate of St. John’s Seminary, and he later became a distinguished faculty member and rector of the seminary. Let us thank God for his service and his love. I entrust him to the loving arms of our Blessed Mother Mary and I pray that God grant him peace."

Cardinal Roger Mahony:

"It was with deep sadness that I learned of the death of a long-time friend and Ordination classmate, Archbishop George H. Niederauer.  May God’s warm embrace encircle him unto eternal life.

"Archbishop Niederauer, and his close friend from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, William J. Levada [later Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, Archbishop of Portland, Archbishop of San Francisco, and Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith], joined our class in 1954 to begin the study of philosophy at Queen of the Angels Seminary in San Fernando.  After two years, we moved to St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo....

Most Rev. Oscar A. Solis, Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City:

"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 St. 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 Honorable Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah:

“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.”

Eva Muntean, co-chair, Walk for Life West Coast

"We were very sorry to hear of Archbishop Niederauer’s passing. His Excellency’s faithfulness and kindness (and humor!) were open to all who met him. Throughout his episcopate he joined us at the Walk for Life West Coast in promoting the culture of life and defending the littlest among us, and we will never forget it. Our good shepherd has gone home to the Lord."

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