The Most Reverend George H. Niederauer, Ph.D.
Before being named eighth bishop of Salt Lake City on November 3, 1994, George H. Niederauer had spent virtually his entire life in Los Angeles, California, where he was born on June 14, 1936. Educated in Catholic schools and at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1962. A scholar of English literature, he earned a Master’s degree in that field from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1962 and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1966, specializing in Restoration drama. Most of his priestly ministry was as a seminary teacher back at St. John’s until he was installed as Bishop of Salt Lake City on January 25, 1995. Salt Lake City achieved worldwide recognition in 2002 when it hosted the winter Olympics. Bishop Neiderauer and his staff were heavily occupied in making religious services and facilities available. Perhaps his most conspicuous achievement, though, was the opening in 1993 of the Skaggs Catholic Center in Draper, and immense and impressively equipped parochial school funded by Sam and Aline Skaggs. Bishop Niederauer was called to be Archbishop of San Francisco on February 15, 2006, from which he retired on October 4, 2012. He died on May 2, 2017.