Funeral Mass held for Cleveland Bishop Anthony Pilla


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Funeral Mass was held Tuesday for Cleveland Bishop Anthony Pilla.

The former leader of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese passed away on September 21 at the age of 88.

“It is with deep sadness that I share with the Catholic community of the Diocese of Cleveland the news of the passing this morning of Bishop Anthony M. Pilla,” said Bishop Edward Malesic announcing the news last week.

“Bishop Pilla died peacefully at his personal residence.”

Malesic said Pilla was a “very warm, kind-hearted and deeply faithful shepherd.”

Bishop Anthony Pilla (AP)

Pilla was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland at the age of 26.

He was installed as the ninth bishop of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese in 1981. He retired from the episcopacy in 2006. Bishop Pilla’s funeral Mass was held in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Father Edward Estok served as homilist. Bishop Malesic was the main celebrant. Interment was in the Resurrection Chapel in the cathedral.

Editor’s Note: Watch previous coverage on this passing in the video below.

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