Biography / Curriculum Vitae of Bishop Weisenburger
Most Reverend Edward J. Weisenburger
Edward Weisenburger was born in Alton, Illinois on December 23, 1960, to Edward JohnWeisenburger and Asella (Walters) Weisenburger, the third of their four surviving children. Hisfather was a military officer and his mother a homemaker. Weisenburger grew up primarily inLawton, Oklahoma, where he graduated from high school in 1979. He attended ConceptionSeminary College in Missouri, graduating with honors in 1983. He then attended the AmericanCollege Seminary at the Catholic University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium, earning thePontifical S.T.B. in Theology, an M.A. in Religious Studies, and a Masters in Moral andReligious Sciences. In the spring of 1987 he returned to Oklahoma and began three years ofministry at St. Mary Church in Ponca City, OK. On December 19, 1987 he was ordained to thepriesthood at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City by The MostReverend Charles A. Salatka, Archbishop of Oklahoma City.
Weisenburger attended the University of St. Paul in Ottawa, Canada from 1990 – 1992, earningthe pontifical J.C.L. degree in canon law. Upon his return home he was appointed Vice-chancellor and Adjutant Judicial Vicar. In addition to chancery and tribunal duties he also didweekend parish and prison ministries from 1992 to 1995 and served as an on-site chaplain forrescue workers in the weeks following the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah FederalBuilding in Oklahoma City. In the fall of 1995 he began 17 years of service on the Council ofPriests and the College of Consulters. He likewise served as a member of the Seminarian Boardfor fifteen years. In June of 1996 he was appointed Vicar General of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese. He was an officer with the Archdiocesan Tribunal for almost 20 years and servedas Promoter of Justice for the cause of canonization of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother. OnOctober 2, 2009 he was appointed a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, withthe title Reverend Monsignor. Bishop Weisenburger served as pastor of two parishes: HolyTrinity in Okarche, Oklahoma (1995-2002) and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help inOklahoma City (2002-2012).
On February 6, 2012, Weisenburger was appointed Bishop of Salina, Kansas, by His Holiness,Pope Benedict XVI. He was ordained a bishop at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Salina, onMay 1, 2012, with the Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Metropolitan Archbishop of KansasCity presiding. Co-consecraters were the Most Reverend Eusebius J. Beltran, ArchbishopEmeritus of Oklahoma City, and the Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of OklahomaCity. On October 3, 2017, Weisenburger was appointed Bishop of Tucson by His Holiness,Pope Francis I.
Weisenburger enjoys membership in the Knights of Columbus as well as the Equestrian Order ofthe Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. He is a member of the Board of Directors of ConceptionSeminary College as well as the national Catholic Rural Life organization. When time permitshe enjoys reading and occasional travel.
Bishop Weisenburger’s mother died on March 22, 1998, and his father died on December 22,2013. The Bishop’s siblings include a sister, Mrs. Mary Jung of Yukon, Oklahoma (her husbandDon Jung, their three children and five grandchildren); a sister, Mrs. Adina Heller of Corinth,Texas (her husband Karl Heller and their two children); a brother, Mr. Timothy J. Weisenburger(and his wife Donna) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; former sister-in- law Mary Weisenburger ofHouston, Texas (and their son); and a sister who died at birth, Catherine Weisenburger.
Updated: October 3, 2017