“Today we grieve the loss of Pope Benedict XVI. One of the great theologians of the past two centuries, he left his mark on the Church. His writings, teachings, and homilies will remain a treasure to the Church. Yet it was his gentle soul that touched so many who were blessed to know him. He was humble, reserved, and yet inviting.
He appointed me to serve as a bishop in 2008, so I feel a personal connection to and fondness for the late pontiff. My personal encounters with him were with that of kind, wise, and encouraging pastor.
May he rest in peace.”