SALT LAKE CITY May 2, 2017 – Attorney General Sean D. Reyes issued the following statement on the death of Catholic Bishop George H. Niederauer:
“Today, my wife Saysha and I had the honor and great pleasure to meet with His Excellency Bishop Oscar Azarcon Solis and just an hour later heard of the passing of His Excellency Bishop George H. Niederauer. Utah is incredibly blessed to have over a century and a half of spiritual strength, guidance, and support from Roman Catholic leadership in Utah through the Salt Lake City Diocese.
“As the eighth Bishop of Salt Lake City, Bishop Niederauer shared his exemplary life with our Utah community for nearly a decade (1996-2005) as he built a solid foundation of collaboration and heartfelt love for those of his own and other faiths. I remember his kindness and strength in our personal interactions. He is remembered with fondness and appreciation by many today.
“The Diocese of Salt Lake City, as well as all Utah citizens, are also greatly blessed to have the Most Reverend Bishop Solis appointed by Pope Francis as the 10th Bishop of Salt Lake City’s Roman Catholic Diocese. Bishop Solis possesses a combination of tremendous spiritual power, dedication, humility, and an amazing sense of humor. In a few short weeks, he has been out among communities of our state getting to know and love Utah and its people. His commitment to visit every school in the state is so impressive. I am proud to share my Filipino-American heritage with His Excellency and look forward to many years of working together to solve community problems and serve our fellowmen.”
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