Cleveland, Ohio, Oct 30, 2019 / 14:00 pm
Bishop Richard Gerard Lennon died at the age of 72 on Tuesday, Oct. 29 after receiving the sacraments. His colleagues and admirers praised his service to the Church.
Lennon was until 2016 the Bishop of Cleveland.
His successor, Bishop Nelson J. Perez, praised the bishop’s life.
“In his service to the diocese, Bishop Lennon showed a deep dedication to the faithful governance of the diocese and a tremendous love of the Church and the people he shepherded. May the Lord grant him eternal rest,” Bishop Perez said in a statement from the Diocese of Cleveland.
Lennon was was installed in 2006 as the tenth Bishop of Cleveland after Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to the position. He resigned in December 2016, citing poor health. At the time the Cleveland diocese said Lennon suffered from vascular dementia, which causes cognitive impairment due to reduced blood flow to the brain, Cleveland.com reports.
Another Cleveland bishop emeritus, Anthony Pilla, 86, said he was saddened by Lennon’s death and would pray for him.
“I am grateful for his dedicated service to this diocese and for all the good people who have given him such good care during his long illness,” Pilla said.
Lennon regularly invited the Daughters of St. Paul to perform their Christmas concert at Cleveland’s Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. He often treated them to dinner, the Cleveland diocese said.
Sister Theresa Aletheia, D.S.P., said that when Lennon was a chaplain for their order in Boston he was “a good friend of the community.”