Pablo Ervin Schmitz Simon

Pablo Ervin Schmitz Simon OFMCap (born December 3, 1943) is an American Capuchin friar, who was bishop of Bluefields, Nicaragua, from 1994 to 2020.

Coat of arms of Pablo Ervin Schmitz Simon as bishop of Bluefields



Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States, on December 3, 1943, Schmitz was ordained to the priesthood on September 3, 1970 for the Capuchin order. On June 22, 1984, he was appointed titular bishop of Elepla and auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Vicariate Apostolic of Bluefields, Nicaragua. He was ordained bishop on September 17, 1984.

On January 2, 1990, Schmitz was injured in an attack in Nicaragua by armed men identified as "contra" fighters that led to the deaths of two Roman Catholic nuns.[1][2]

On July 28, 1994, he was appointed bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Bluefields.[3] On 30 November 2017, the Apostolic Vicariate was promoted to a diocese and Schmitz was named its first diocesan bishop.[4] He was installed there on 20 January 2018.

Pope Frances accepted his resignation on 12 November 2020.[5]

On 9 January 2020, Pope Francis appointed him apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Siuna following the death of Bishop David Albin Zywiec Sidor. He held that post until the 26 June 2021.


  1. ^ Uhlig, Mark A. (3 January 1990). "2 Nuns, One From U.S., Are Slain By Gunmen in Nicaragua Ambush". New York Times. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  2. ^ Castillo, Ricardo (January 4, 1990). "Injured Bishop Fails to Identify Attackers". Washington. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  3. ^ Pablo Ervin Schmitz Simon
  4. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 30.11.2017" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. November 30, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  5. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 12.11.2020" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2022.