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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.

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'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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