At 75, Archbishop Curtiss submits resignation
Upon celebrating his 75th birthday June 16, Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI. Church law states all bishops must do so at the age of 75.
Until the pope names a successor, Archbishop Curtiss will remain head of the Archdiocese of Omaha.
He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Baker, Ore., in 1958. He holds a master of divinity degree and a master of arts in education administration.
After serving in the role of director of information and superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Baker, he became a faculty member and then president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon.
He was ordained a bishop and installed as Bishop of Helena, Mont., on April 28, 1976. He served the Diocese of Helena 17 years. On May 3, 1993, he was named archbishop-elect of the Archdiocese of Omaha
He became the fourth archbishop of Omaha on June 25, 1993.