Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo dead at 75

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Honolulu

The Diocese of Richmond has reported that Most Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo, its episcopal leader since 2004, died late on Thursday, Aug. 17. He was 75.

A statement from Monsignor Mark Lane, vicar general and moderator of the curia, states in part, “With great sadness, I announce The Most Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond, died at St. Mary’s Hospital, late last night. He was 75. He was a faithful servant of the Church for 49 years and a Shepherd of the Diocese of Richmond for 13 years.”

A native of Philadelphia, Monsignor DiLorenzo was appointed auxiliary bishop of Scranton, PA in 1988. In 1993 he was named apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Honolulu and appointed Bishop of Honolulu in 1994.

In 2004, the Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of Richmond to succeed Bishop Walter Sullivan.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

For the Diocese of Richmond statement, click here.

For more on Bishop DiLorenzo, click here.