Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson and appointed Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Salina, KS to succeed him.
The changes were announced on Oct. 3 by Monsignor Walter Erbi, charge d’affaires at the Vatican’s nunciature in Washington, DC.
Bishop Weisenburger, 56, a native of Alton, IL, was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on December 19, 1987. He later earned his pontifical J.C.L. degree from the University of St. Paul in Ottawa, Canada (1992). Upon returning to the archdiocese, he was appointed vice-chancellor and adjutant judicial vicar.
He has held a wide variety of pastoral ad administrative assignments including Promoter of Justice for the cause of canonization of Stanley Francis Rother, Servant of God. He served as pastor of Holy Trinity parish in Okarche, Oklahoma (1995-2002) and as pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (2002-2012). On February 6, 2012, he was appointed Bishop of Salina by Pope Benedict XVI and was ordained on May 1, 2012.
Bishop Kicanas, 76, was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1967. He served in various capacities in the seminary system of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 25 years. In 1984, he was appointed Rector of Mundelein Seminary and held seminary postings that included rector, principal, and dean of formation at the former Quigley Seminary South.
He was named coadjutor bishop of Tucson on October 30, 2001, and was installed on January 15, 2002. He became the seventh Bishop of Tucson on March 7, 2003.
For the USCCB News Release, click here.
For the Catholic News Service (Oct. 3, 2017) report, click here.