Welcome Bishop-Elect Edward C. Malesic, JCL
The Vatican announced
Friday that Fr. Edward C. Malesic of Harrisburg, Penn. has been nominated to
lead the Greensburg diocese, a role he wishes to carry out by imitating Pope
In a prepared April 24 statement Fr. Malesic said he was both honored and
humbled by Pope Francis’ decision to appoint him as the fifth bishop of
Greensburg, Penn., according to the Harrisburg diocese’s website.
The bishop-elect described the style that he wishes to lead with, saying that
“In short, as Pope Francis said of himself, I too am a fellow sinner. But
because I am a fellow believer I have also received the mercy of God.” “I want to proclaim that. With God there is
mercy and fullness of redemption,” he said, and thanked the people of the
Harrisburg diocese for forming him in what it means to be a Christian.
Fr. Malesic, 54, will succeed Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt as the fifth bishop of
Greensburg, after the latter submitted his resignation to Pope Francis last
year having reached the age limit of 75.
In an April 24 statement on the priest’s nomination as bishop for Greensburg,
the current head of the Harrisburg diocese, Bishop Ronald Gainer, said that Fr.
Malesic served has fulfilled his duties “with exceptional dedication and
fruitfulness.” He praised the
bishop-elect’s “quick wit and exemplary commitment to priestly ministry,”
saying that it will be a challenge to find someone to take his place.
Bishop-elect Malesic will be introduced at a news conference in the Bishop
Connare Center in Greensburg at 10a.m. His episcopal ordination will take place
July 13, 2015, at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg.
Bishop-Elect Malesic’s Biography