Statement from Most Reverend Michael W. Fisher, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, on the Holy Father’s Acceptance of His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s Resignation as Archbishop of Washington

 “With the acceptance of the resignation of His Eminence, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, by the Holy Father, I want to express my deepest sense of gratitude and admiration for the ministry and care Cardinal Wuerl has provided for the good of this local and universal Church as our archbishop. Cardinal Wuerl’s decision to request that the Holy Father accept his resignation reflects a selfless shepherd’s heart devoted to the well-being of his flock.

In my ministry as archdiocesan Vicar for Clergy and now his most recent Auxiliary Bishop, I have personally witnessed Cardinal Wuerl’s unwavering devotion, untiring energy and meticulous understanding of his responsibilities for the care and love of the laity, religious and clergy of this Archdiocese. To me personally, he has been a mentor and example of priestly ministry these past twelve years.

The Archdiocese of Washington is blessed with many wonderful priests, deacons, and religious who serve, day in and day out, the people of our parishes throughout this Archdiocese. Our parishes are thriving, Catholic schools are flourishing, and services to the poor and needy are providing vital support to the greater community. In this transition, it should be recognized that the Archdiocese is in a healthy state, spiritually, pastorally, and administratively due to the dedication and ministry of Cardinal Wuerl. I have seen firsthand his care of the souls of the faithful, and attention to the formation and ongoing support of the presbyterate. Many times, I have seen him express the compassionate heart of a shepherd for laity and clergy alike.

I thank God for Cardinal Wuerl’s priestly example and episcopal ministry. He has inspired and encouraged me as a new bishop always to love and serve God’s people, following Our Lord’s example. May God continue to bless and protect the good people of the Archdiocese of Washington during this time of transition.”