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Dominican Fathers, parish express mixed feelings

Friday, Feb. 03, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY — While assigned to St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco, I received the news that our archbishop, Most Reverend William Levada, would be moving to Rome. I heard in my head, "BISHOP GEORGE NIEDERAUER!" Bishop Niederauer came immediately to mind as Archbishop Levada’s replacement. When I shared that with my Dominican brothers at St. Dominic’s, they all agreed; Bishop Niederauer would be a natural choice, and we all hoped that he would be appointed to replace Archbishop Levada. But when I received my assignment as Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Newman Center in Salt Lake City, I prayed, "No, God, keep Bishop Niederauer in Salt Lake City!" I very much wanted to work with Bishop Niederauer. >>>

Ladies of Charity are grateful for bishop's support

Friday, Feb. 03, 2006
BOUNTIFUL — "Thank you for allowing the Ladies of Charity to form a chapter in the Diocese of Salt Lake City to serve the poor in Utah," said Ladies of Charity (LOC) president Jane Hipley. "Archbishop-designate George Niederauer once lived with Vincentian priests, and he knows their mission, and he knows they serve the poor. The Ladies of Charity formed in September 2003, to serve the poorest of the poor. We will miss him and his spiritual guidance, but we congratulate him on his new appointment." >>>

'He is the best,' says Our Lady of Lourdes principal

Friday, Feb. 03, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY — "He is the best!" One evening in November 1994, I received several calls from friends and family in Salt Lake informing me Msgr. George Niederauer from Los Angeles would be our new bishop. At the time I was a student in the graduate school of religion at Fordham University. Jesuit Father Vincent Novak, the dean of the school, spent his summers celebrating Mass for vacationing priests in Los Angeles, and I hoped he would know our new bishop. While Fr. Novak didn’t know him personally, he offered to make some calls to his friends in Los Angeles. A few hours later I was summoned to Fr. Novak’s office for the report, "He’s the best." How did the people of the Diocese of Salt Lake get so lucky? was the enthusiastic response to Fr. Novak’s inquiry. >>>

Bishop Niederauer: Never Afraid to Tackle the Sensitive Issues

Friday, Feb. 03, 2006

PARK CITY — When I was a youngster, many years ago, I was terrified of our parish priest. I remember how absolutely amazed I was that Fr. Stedman of Our Lady of the Cenacle in New York City could hear a whisper emanating from fifteen pews back when he was on the altar. He’d whirl around, point at me, and I’d spend the rest of the Mass on my knees in the center aisle. I still think that was the start of my knee problems. If anyone had told me I was to meet the Bishop, I’d have had apoplexy.


'No one can say no to Sylvia'

Friday, Feb. 03, 2006
SANDY — One amazing thing about Bishop George Niederauer is the way he built a community of interest in our diocese. Catholics come with the genuine desire to share knowledge and discoveries with one another. Ideas fly. Opportunities emerge. Strategies crystallize. Progress is in motion. Catholics hatch. Bishop Niederauer’s inspiration delivers the innovations, intelligence, ideals, and insights, and he influences the Catholic communities in the state of Utah. With the many programs he has helped along the way, he ignited a behavior of helping one another. Bishop Niederauer has been a significant stronghold to our faith. >>>

'The jilted-priest blues'

Friday, Feb. 03, 2006
People have asked me how I feel about the announcement of our bishop moving to San Francisco and I have pondered how it makes me feel. I imagine I could say that it makes me feel naked and vulnerable as if I was stranded on the salt flats on a cold winter day with the wind howling and the low sun dropping over the horizon. I admit this is a bit dramatic, yet he was our bishop, when I started to discern whether I was should enter the seminary. He was our bishop when I was in seminary. He ordained me and was our bishop for the first two or so years of my priestly ministry. He has walked with me on my journey of discernment as a seminarian and a priest. >>>

Farewell, Bishop Niederauer

Friday, Feb. 03, 2006
PARK CITY — Bishop Niederauer, in thanking you and in acknowledging my special affection for you, I must begin in another place at another time. >>>
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