GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A priest who had been the top canon lawyer in the Harrisburg diocese has been ordained and installed as the new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg in western Pennsylvania.
Pope Francis appointed the Very Rev. Edward C. Malesic to the post in April. He officially became bishop at a Mass on Monday before a capacity crowd at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg.
He replaces Bishop Lawrence 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.
Malesic will head a diocese serving about 149,000 Catholics in 78 parishes in Armstrong, Fayette, Indiana and Westmoreland counties.
Malesic is the fifth bishop in the diocese created by Pope Pius XII in March 1951.