Edward Weisenburger was born in Alton, Illinois on December 23, 1960, to Edward John Weisenburger and Asella (Walters) Weisenburger, the third of their four surviving children. His father was a military officer until his retirement and his mother a homemaker. Weisenburger spent two years of his childhood in Hays, Kansas but grew up primarily in Lawton, Oklahoma where he graduated from high school in May of 1979. He then attended Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri, graduating with honors in May of 1983. He then attended the American College Seminary at the Catholic University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium. He graduated with honors, earning the Pontifical S.T.B. in Theology along with an M.A. in Religious Studies in 1986, and a Masters in Moral and Religious Sciences in 1987. In the spring of 1987 he returned to Oklahoma and began three years of ministry as parochial vicar of St. Mary Church in Ponca City, OK. On December 19, 1987 he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City by The Most Reverend Charles A. Salatka, Archbishop of Oklahoma City.
In September of 1990 he began canon law studies at The University of St. Paul in Ottawa, Canada where he earned the pontifical J.C.L. degree. Upon his return home in 1992 he was appointed Vice-chancellor and Adjutant Judicial Vicar. In addition to chancery duties he also did weekend parish and prison ministries from 1992 to 1995 and served as an on-site chaplain for rescue workers in the weeks following the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In the fall of 1995 Father was elected to the Council of Priests and appointed to the Archdiocesan College of Consulters. He served as a member of the Seminarian Board for close to twenty years and in June of 1996 he was appointed Vicar General of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese. He remained an officer with the Oklahoma City Tribunal for almost 20 years and served in various capacities including Promoter of Justice for the cause of canonization of Stanley Francis Rother, Servant of God. On October 2, 2009 he was appointed a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, with the title Reverend Monsignor.
Weisenburger served as pastor of two parishes. On June 14, 1995, he was appointed Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Okarche, Oklahoma. On June 19, 2002 he was installed as Pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City. On February 6, 2012, after completing ten years of service at the Cathedral Parish, he was appointed Bishop of Salina by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. He was ordained to the Episcopacy at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Salina, Kansas, on May 1, 2012, with the Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kansas City presiding. Co-consecraters were the Most Reverend Eusebius J. Beltran, Archbishop Emeritus of Oklahoma City, and the Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City.
Bishop Weisenburger is a member of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference (2014 +) and also serves as a member of the Conception Seminary College Board of Regents (2014 +). He enjoys long-time membership in the Canon Law Society of America, is a Fourth-degree Knight of Columbus, and a Knight Commander (with Star) in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. When time permits he enjoys reading and travel.
Bishop Weisenburger’s mother died on March 22, 1998, and his father died on December 22, 2013. His mother was a homemaker and his father a military officer and flight instructor. Bishop’s siblings include a sister, Mrs. Mary Jung of Yukon, Oklahoma (her husband Don Jung, their three children and four grandchildren); a sister, Mrs. Adina Heller of Corinth, Texas (her husband Karl Heller and their two children); and a brother, Mr. Timothy J. Weisenburger of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (his former wife, Mary Weisenburger of Houston, Texas, and their son).An additional sister, Catherine Weisenburger, died at birth.
Updated: July 28, 2014