|Biography / Curriculum Vitae of Bishop Weisenburger|
Most Reverend Edward J. Weisenburger
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, now retired, was a military officer 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 Consultors. He has served as a member of the Seminarian Board for fifteen years. In June of 1996 he was appointed Vicar General of the Oklahoma City Arch-diocese. He has been an officer with the Archdiocesan Tribunal for almost 20 years and has 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 Rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City.
On February 6, 2012 he was appointed Bishop of Salina by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. He was ordained a bishop at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Salina, Kansas, on May 1, 2012, with the Most Reverend John Naumann, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kansas City presiding. Co-consecrators were the Most Reverend Eusebius J. Beltran, Archbishop Emeritus of Oklahoma City, and the Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City.
Weisenburger enjoys 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 occasional travel.
Bishop Weisenburger’s mother died on March 22, 1998. His father resides in Oklahoma City. Bishop's siblings include a sister, Mrs. Mary Jung of Yukon, Oklahoma (her husband Don Jung and their children Adam, Ashley, and Kaitlin); a sister, Mrs. Adina Heller of Corinth, Texas (her husband Karl Heller and their children David and Jillian); a brother, Mr. Timothy J. Weisenburger of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his former wife, Mary Weisenburger of Houston, Texas (and their son Stephen).
Updated: May 11, 2012.