Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo laid to rest

Published: Aug. 18, 2017 at 2:11 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2017 at 1:39 PM EDT
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Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo (Source: Catholic Diocese of Richmond)
Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo (Source: Catholic Diocese of Richmond)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, the 12th bishop of Richmond, died on Aug. 17 at the age of 75 due to heart and kidney failure.

He was a faithful servant of the Church for 49 years and a Shepherd of the Diocese of Richmond for 13 years," said Monsignor Mark Richard Lane, Diocese of Richmond. "Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bishop DiLorenzo, for his family and friends, and for the people of the Diocese of Richmond."

He was laid to rest Friday during a funeral at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Watch a replay of the funeral below:

"The priests, deacons, religious and lay people of the Diocese of Richmond mourn the loss of our shepherd, who led the Diocese with wisdom and humility for 13 years," said Msgr. Mark Richard Lane. "Bishop DiLorenzo had a profound understanding and faith in the Eucharistic sacrifice of our Lord, which sees past the Cross and into eternal life with our Savior. With that same faith and hope, we look forward to our happy reunion."

"In March 2004, Pope John Paul II named Bishop DiLorenzo – who was then the shepherd of the Diocese of Honolulu – the Bishop of Richmond. He was installed May 24, 2004," according to a press release from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.

By the time of his death, he ordained 22 men to the priesthood.

Bishop DiLorenzo was from Philadelphia and was the oldest of three children.

He is survived by his sister, Anita Lawler, of Cape May, New Jersey, and brother Paul DiLorenzo, of Philadelphia, and close family friend, Sister Janice Johnson, of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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