Remembering Archbishop George Niederauer

May 07, 2017


St. John’s Seminary remembers with our prayers Archbishop George Niederauer, one of our beloved past rectors.  Archbishop Niederauer passed into eternal life on May 2, 2017.

He first served St. John’s as an English professor and spiritual director. During his years with us, he was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II, with the title of Monsignor.  He was appointed our rector in 1987 and after a five-year term, had completed 27 years of service to the formation of priests.

After St. John’s, he served as co-director of the Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for Priests in Los Angeles.  In November 1994 he was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, where he served for 11 years and was respected for his strong sense of social justice, deep concern for peace, and commitment to nonviolence.  He was appointed Archbishop of San Francisco in December 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI, and was installed in February 2006.  He retired as Archbishop in October 2012.

Archbishop Niederauer was a well-loved and respected priest who offered his experience, sharp wit and deep spirituality even through his retirement to retreatants and directees. He was a great friend of St. John’s Seminary.