York County pastor to be new Greensburg bishop

Written by WITF staff report and The Associated Press | Apr 24, 2015 6:58 AM
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Very Reverend Edward C. Malesic

(Pittsburgh) -- Pope Francis has appointed the top canon lawyer in the Harrisburg diocese to be the new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg in western Pennsylvania.

The appointment of the Very Reverend Edward C. Malesic, who will head the four-county diocese, was announced today.

"By calling one of our own priests to the Episcopal Order and to shepherd this Pennsylvania diocese, our Holy Father has honored all the faithful - clergy and laity alike - in our local church," said Harrisburg Bishop Ronald W. Gainer in a statement. "The Harrisburg Diocese is proud that just in four years two of our diocesan priests have been chosen for service as bishops."

"Personally I have the deepest respect and admiration for him as a priest, close collaborator and friend," he added.

Malesic is the judicial vicar in Harrisburg, meaning he heads that diocese's tribunal on church law which governs annulments and other legal issues.  

The 54-year-old is the pastor of Holy Infant Parish in York Haven, York County.

He's replacing Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt who reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 on March 27, 2014. 

Bishops typically resign at that time, but remain in office until the pope names a successor.

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