Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec 14, 2005 / 22:00 pm
Today Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop George Hugh Niederauer, bishop of Salt Lake City, as metropolitan archbishop of San Francisco.
His installment as Archbishop will take place in San Francisco’s Cathedral of Saint Mary on Wednesday, February 15, 2006. Bishop Niederauer remains an administrator in Salt Lake City until his California installation.
Bishop George Hugh Niederauer was born on June 14, 1936 in Los Angeles, California Bishop George H. Niederauer was ordained the eighth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City January 25, 1995, before his nomination today.
On receiving news of Bishop Niederauer’s selection as Archbishop, Monsignor J.
Terrence Fitzgerald, Vicar General of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, reflected: “The Catholic people of Utah are honored to have their bishop selected as Archbishop of the Metropolitan See in San Francisco. Bishop Niederauer will bring wonderful gifts as Shepherd of the Archdiocese. His sharp mind, quick wit, compassionate heart and generosity are qualities we will greatly miss. The bishop’s ecumenical outreach and frequent presence at both civic and Catholic events leaves a significant impact on Utah. No doubt the people of Utah will feel great sadness at his departure. We wish him well.”