Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez issued the following statement Sept. 21 on the death of Bishop Emeritus Anthony M. Pilla of the Diocese of Cleveland. Read more about the life and ministry of Bishop Pilla here.

Today, I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Most Reverend Anthony M. Pilla, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Cleveland, and reflect on the gift of his life with gratitude and admiration.

Bishop Pilla warmly welcomed me to Cleveland in 2017 when Pope Francis appointed me to serve as the 11th bishop of that diocese. During my time in Ohio, he became a close friend, wise advisor, and constant model of what a bishop is called to be.

Although he retired in 2006, he continued to faithfully serve the Church and her people in his hometown. His love and passion for the priesthood and for Cleveland was evident in all that he did to serve others.

Together with the bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I extend the prayerful sympathy and condolences to Bishop Pilla’s family and many friends as well as the priests, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Cleveland.

May God grant him the gift of eternal life and give peace and consolation to all those who loved, admired, and respected him.

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia