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Funeral arrangements announced for Bishop Richard Lennon

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Posted at 11:09 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 11:09:43-05

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez announced the funeral arrangements for Bishop Emeritus Richard Lennon, who died on Oct. 29 at the age of 72.

His wake will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Prior to his funeral mass on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m., Bishop Lennon’s body will lie in state from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in St. John's cathedral.

Lennon was installed as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland on May 15, 2006 after Pope Benedict XVI named him to the leadership position over nearly 800,000 Catholics in eight counties of Northeast Ohio on April 4, 2006.

A native to the Boston area, Lennon graduated from Catholic high school and attended Boston College before entering St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts.

The Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland who succeeded Lennon, called his predecessor a man with a great love for the church.

“In his service to the diocese, Bishop Lennon showed a deep dedication to the faithful governance of the diocese and a tremendous love of the Church and the people he shepherded," Perez said. "May the Lord grant him eternal rest.”

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