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Pope Names Harrisburg Judicial Vicar as Bishop of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Accepts Resignation of Bishop Brandt

 
April 24, 2015
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Father Edward C. Malesic, 54, bishop of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt, 76, from pastoral governance of that diocese. Father Malesic is a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and judicial vicar of that diocese.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, April 24, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Edward C. Malesic was born August 14, 1960. He received a bachelor’s degree (1983) and a master’s in divinity (1987) from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg on May 30, 1987.

Following ordination, he served as assistant pastor of St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania (1987-1989), and St. Rose of Lima Parish in York, Pennsylvania (1989-1992). He served as campus minister at York College of Pennsylvania (1989-1992) and Millersville University of Pennsylvania (1992-1996). He has served, first as administrator, then pastor at Holy Infant Parish in York Haven, Pennsylvania since 2004.

Bishop-elect Malesic holds a licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America. He served as an auditor in the ecclesiastical tribunal (1996-1998) and as defender of the bond and canonical consulter for the tribunal (1998-2000). He has served as judicial vicar and secretary of canonical services since 2006.

Lawrence E. Brandt was born March 27, 1939 in Charleston, West Virginia, and ordained a priest of Erie, Pennsylvania, on December 19, 1969. Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Greensburg on January 2, 2004. He was ordained a bishop March 4 of that year.

The Diocese of Greensburg comprises 3,334 square miles in the State of Pennsylvania. It has a total population of 665,682 people, of whom 144,169, or 22 percent, are Catholic.
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Keywords: bishop appointment, Pope Francis, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States, Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Diocese of Harrisburg, Bishop-elect Edward C. Malesic, Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt
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