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Former Erie Diocese Bishop Trautman passes away at age 85


Erie, PA – Bishop Donald W. Trautman, retired bishop of the Diocese of Erie, died Saturday, February 26, at St. Mary Home Asbury Ridge, Erie. He was 85 years old.

He had been bishop of the Diocese from 1990 to 2012, when it was taken over by Bishop Lawrence Persico. A funeral Mass will be held, but no details are available yet.

During Bishop Trautman’s retirement, he lived at St. Mary’s of Asbury Ridge in Erie. He remained active as a writer, lecturer and retreat master.

A Memorial Mass, open to the public, will be held at Our Lady of Peace Church in Erie the night before the Mass of Christian at St. Peter Cathedral, Erie. Due to restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ongoing renovations at the cathedral, guests at the funeral Mass will be by invitation only.

Livestreams of both Masses will be made available. As arrangements are finalized, information will be available at www.eriercd.org/bishoptrautman.html.

Bishop Trautman will be interred in the crypt of St. Peter Cathedral, Erie.

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