ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON, DC
Reverend Leonard J. Olivier, SVD
Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, DC
Olivier was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1923.
Bishop Olivier was the fifth of eight children. He
attended Sacred Heart of Jesus grade school in town, St.
Augustine Seminary in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and St.
Mary's Seminary in Techny, Illinois and was ordained a
Divine Word Missionary in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in
From 1952 to 1973, he was successively
Assistant Dean and Dean of Seminarians, and rector of
the Religious Community. From 1974 to 1982, he was
Secretary of Studies for all USA Divine Word Seminaries
and Rector of the Religious Community of Divine Word
Seminary, Epworth, Iowa.
St. Anthony's parish in Lafayette,
Louisiana was his first pastorate. In the last two years
of that assignment, he also served as part time Vicar
for Black Catholics in the Diocese of Lafayette,
Louisiana. He became full time Vicar in 1986. Two years
later, November 7, 1988, he was appointed Auxiliary
Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington by Pope John
Paul II. Ordained Bishop on December 20 1988, he has
been serving as Regional Bishop of Northeast,
Southeast., and East Northwest Deaneries of the District
of Columbia, and Deaneries of North and Middle Prince
George's Counties, and since 1995, the Deaneries of
Northeast and Southeast of the District of Columbia, of
Lower Prince George County, and Counties of Charles,
Calvert, and St. Mary's.
Bishop Olivier is a Fourth Degree Knight
of St. Peter Claver, a Fourth Degree Knight of St. John
and Columbus. He served as the Convener of the African
American Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Youth, the Ad
Hoc Steering Committee for the National Strategy on
Vocations, and now the Task Force Group for American
Adaptations to the Order of Christian Marriage, and the
Liturgy Committee of USCC/NCCB. He is also a member of
NCCB Committee on Bishops Life and Ministry, Board
Member of Convenant House Washington, Member of the
Inter-Faith Conference, Member of Maryland Catholic
Conference, Board Member of The National Black Catholic
Congress, Member of National Black Catholic Clergy
Caucus, and Episcopal Moderator of the Pan African Roman
Catholic Clergy Conference.
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