Francis DiLorenzo, bishop of Diocese of Richmond, dies at 75

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Posted: Aug 18, 2017 10:07 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo, who served as bishop of the Diocese of Richmond for 13 years and made a return to conservative values his top priority, has died. He was 75 years old.

Monsignor Mark Richard Lane of the Diocese of Richmond said DiLorenzo died at a hospital late Thursday.

The Philadelphia native was installed as the diocese's 12th bishop in 2004 and vowed to bring the practices and values of the diocese back in line with the Scriptures.

Within a few months, he had appointed a diocesan theologian and began rolling back some of the more liberal policies put in effect by his progressive predecessor, the former Bishop Walter E. Sullivan.

He served as bishop in Honolulu for 10 years before coming to Richmond.