Biography of The Most Reverend Richard Gerard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland
May 15, 2006 at 1:50 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 6:15 PM
The Most Reverend Richard Gerard Lennon was installed as the 10
Bishop of Cleveland, Ohio on May 15, 2006. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Lennon to the leadership position over nearly 800,000 Catholics in eight-counties of Northeast Ohio on April 4, 2006.
A native of the Boston area, the 59-year old Bishop Lennon was born in Arlington, Massachusetts and graduated from Catholic High School and then attended Boston College before entering St. John Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts where he received an M.A. in Church History and a M.TH in Sacramental Theology.
Bishop Lennon was ordained to the priesthood in May, 1973 and served in the Archdiocese of Boston as a parish priest, Fire Department Chaplain, an Assistant for Canonical Affairs, and Rector of St. John Seminary.
Ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston on September 14, 2001, Bishop Lennon also was called upon to serve as Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese from December of 2002 to July of 2003 when the Vatican appointed a new Archbishop to lead in Boston.
Among the special recognitions Bishop Lennon has received; he was named a Domestic Prelate in April of 1998, installed as a Knight of Malta and as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in June of 2001.