WELCOME Bishop-designate Edward C. Malesic !
Bishop Edward C. Malesic, bishop of Greensburg, Pennsylvania will be the 12th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. The press conference was livestreamed on the diocesan website, July 16th, 2020.
Bishop Malesic, who is 59 and has been a priest for 33 years, takes over governance of the diocese from Archbishop Nelson Perez, who was named archbishop of Philadelphia in February. The new bishop’s appointment was made by Pope Francis and announced at 6 a.m. local time today by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, in Washington D.C.
Father Don Oleksiak will continue serving as diocesan administrator until Bishop-designate Malesic’s installation on Sept. 14 during a Mass in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.
The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland comprises 3,414 square miles and includes eight counties in the north-central part of Ohio. It has a total population of 2,774,113 people, of which 682,948 or 24% are Catholic.
Pope Francis named Bishop Malesic as the fifth bishop of Greensburg, which is in Southwest Pennsylvania, on April 24, 2015. His episcopal ordination and installation took place on July 13, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg.
Bishop Malesic was born to Joseph A. and the late Elizabeth Schatt Malesic on Aug. 14, 1960 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. One of four children, he was raised in Enhaut, which adjoins the factory town of Steelton, near Harrisburg. His brother, Robert, and his wife, Constance, live in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. The bishop’s 102-year-old father, who remains quite active, lives near Hershey, Pennsylvania. His other two siblings, Joseph Jr. and Margaret R. Malesic, are deceased.
The bishop is of German descent on his mother’s side; his father is of Slovenian descent. Bishop Malesic received the sacraments of initiation at the former St. John the Evangelist Parish -- which was a German national parish -- in Enhaut. He is a 1978 graduate of Central Dauphin East High School, Harrisburg, and he attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville as a biology major for three years prior to entering the seminary in 1981.
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