SAN JOSE — Patrick J. McGrath retired Wednesday as bishop of the Diocese of San Jose, the diocese stated.

Each bishop should submit a request for retirement to the Vatican as they method their 75th birthday, and on Wednesday, Pope Francis accepted McGrath’s. McGrath turns 74 in June.

“The years have flown by,” McGrath stated in a press release. “I thank everybody for his or her encouragement and their help, for instilling in me the enjoyment of serving the Lord and His folks, and for imparting to me the spirit of gratitude that ought to at all times distinguish our lives.”

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McGrath was ordained as a priest in 1979 for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and have become the second bishop of San Jose in November 1999 when Bishop Pierre DuMaine retired.

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