Bishop Leonard J. Olivier

Bishop Leonard J. Olivier, a retired auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and a priest for more than 60 years, died Nov. 19.

He was 91 and lived at the Jeanne Jugan Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington.

On Nov. 7, 1988, St. John Paul II appointed then-Father Olivier, a priest of the Society of the Divine Word, as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington.

At the time of his episcopal ordination, he became the nation’s 13th black bishop. Over the years in Washington, Bishop Olivier served as the regional bishop for the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, Maryland, and southern Maryland.

He retired in 2004, several months before his 81st birthday.

When his retirement was announced, Bishop Olivier said, “Serving and living as an auxiliary bishop has been a huge blessing for me and, I hope, for the people of the archdiocese. All kinds of blessings have come my way.”

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