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Archbishop Lewis Zeigler is Dead

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MONROVIA: The Catholic Church of Liberia through the Diocesan Administrator, the Reverend Msgr. Gabriel Blamo Jubwe, has announced that its Archbishop Emeritus Lewis Jerome Zeigler is dead.

In a statement issued over the weekend, Archbishop Zeigler died on Friday, August 12, 2022, at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Congo Town, following a period of illness.

According to the statement, it is with heavy heart and great sadness that they, members of the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Monrovia, announced the death of their beloved former Archbishop, Archbishop Emeritus Lewis Jerome Zeigler whose sad event occurred on the evening of Friday, August 12, 2022 at the Catholic Hospital, Monrovia,” the Church said.

“We rejoiced in a confident knowledge that he is at peace now after his ill-health turned for the worst in the past few weeks, the statement noted.

The statement indicated that, “funeral arrangements will be sent out as soon as they have them finalized Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the divine mercy of God rest in peace.”

The Statement is quoted as saying, that the late Catholic prelate was appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Monrovia on February 12, 2011 following the death of his predecessor, Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis. He retired in 2021.

Prior to his ascendancy, he served as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Monrovia from 2009. Born in Harrisburg on January 4, 1944, he was ordained Priest in 1974 and appointed in 2002 by Pope John Paul, II as the Bishop of Gbarnga.

He was later named as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Monrovia in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI and ascended to head the Archdiocese in 2011 after his predecessor died in office.

On 11 June 2018, he made his first “ad limina apostolorum” visit to Pope Francis. The “ad limina apostolorum” is an obligatory visit made by all bishops to Rome.

In 2021, Pope Francis accepted his resignation as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Monrovia at age 77.

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