The Most Reverend William Keith Weigand
Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand has served as a Bishop since 1980, appointed by Pope John Paul II. His episcopate began in the Diocese of Salt Lake City where he was noted for solid leadership, community building, outreach to the Spanish-speaking, and the restoration of the Cathedral of the Madeleine over his more than 13-year tenure there. Upon arrival in Sacramento in January 1994, having significant experience as an Ordinary, Bishop Weigand initiated many plans and actions that would renew and inspire the faithful in the Diocese of Sacramento in the 21st Century.
Most notably, Bishop Weigand welcomed the new millennia with the Jubilee 2000, an ecumenical prayer service at Arco Arena. He also called for a significant capital campaign, which would surpass all goals and provide for the future of the diocese in terms of capital improvements, priest retirement funds, and education. Bishop Weigand also committed to extensive research and study conducted by the Center for Applied Research (CARA) of Georgetown. This would lead to a more thorough understanding of the needs of the Diocese as parishioners, teachers, and clergy all were invited to participate. These data led Bishop Weigand to convoke the third diocesan Synod in 2004, Journeying Together in Christ, which closed in October 2006. Beyond the outcome of eight pastoral initiatives, which provided direction for long-range planning, the Synod also produced revised diocesan statutes. Concurrently, Bishop Weigand restored the beautiful Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, a necessary move to ensure the soundness of its structure for the future, but also to appropriately restore the luster of the historic Cathedral in the heart of Sacramento, and in the hearts of the faithful.
Bishop Weigand’s commitment to Catholic education and vocations over the years, likewise, resulted in consistent progress in these areas. Bishop Weigand had long envisioned a Catholic institution of higher learning in Sacramento to ensure the full spectrum of Catholic education opportunities. This idea became reality in 2005 as the Legionaries of Christ opened the University of Sacramento. Earlier, in the mid-1990s, Bishop Weigand initiated the effort to establish a Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento. Cristo Rey High School fills a void and provides an innovative college preparatory education to students experiencing significant financial hardship and who otherwise would never dream of the gift of Catholic education. Cristo Rey High School is part of the national Cristo Rey network of high schools, operated locally by a unique partnership of three religious congregations – the Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and the Jesuits. It opened its doors in August 2006 and as a co-founder, Bishop Weigand was pleased that his vision and passion for this school had been realized.
Bishop Weigand responded to steady growth in the Diocese with a proactive response to the need for vocations. He fueled the Office of Vocations with a high-energy team of vocations promoters, and encouraged international recruitment to bring more priests to the region. Further, vocations committees formed throughout the Diocese at the parish level to ignite support and prayer among the lay faithful for local vocations.
Bishop Weigand responded responsibly to the clergy misconduct scandal, which marked a very distressful time in diocesan history. He effectively implemented the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, worked through significant matters of litigation, and led efforts to achieve peace and healing.
Throughout all 26 years of his episcopacy, Bishop Weigand has endured ill health, having been diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis. In April 2005, he underwent a living donor liver transplant, returning to work full time by November of 2005. By October of 2007, Bishop Weigand’s request for a Coadjutor Bishop was realized and Bishop Jaime Soto, then Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Orange, moved to Sacramento to begin to share responsibilities with Bishop Weigand.
By November 2008, Pope Benedict XVI accepted Bishop Weigand’s resignation. Bishop Weigand presently serves (together with Bishop Francis Quinn) as Bishop Emeritus. He monitors his health, travels, and assists Bishop Soto as necessary.
May 23, 1937, Bend, Oregon
Harold J. Weigand, Sr. - deceased
Alice P. Kennedy Weigand - deceased
Brother Francis Weigand, OSB - Mt. Angel Abbey, St. Benedict, Oregon
Robert G. Weigand, M.D. - Spokane, Washington
Kenneth M. Weigand - Surprise, Arizona
- Elementary - Mt. St. Joseph Academy, Tekoa, Washington, 1943-1950
- St. Mary's School, St. Maries, Idaho, 1950-1951
- High School - Mt. Angel Minor Seminary, St. Benedict, Oregon, 1951-1955
- College - Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Oregon, 1955-1957
- St. Edward’s Seminary, Kenmore, Washington, 1957-1959, B.A. degree in Philosophy
- Theology - St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore, Washington, 1959-1963, Master of Divinity
ORDINATION TO PRIESTHOOD
May 25, 1963, St. Mary's Church, St. Maries, Idaho, by Bishop Sylvester W. Treinen, D.D., Bishop of Boise
ASSIGNMENTS AS A PRIEST
- Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Lewiston, Idaho, 1963-1964, and St. Mary's Parish, Boise, Idaho, 1964-1965
- Administrator of St. Matthew Mission, Eagle; St. Henry's Mission, Grandview, Idaho Queen of Heaven Mission, Oreana, Idaho, 1965-1968
- Chancellor and Vice-officialis of the Diocese of Boise, 1964-1968
- Member of the Boise Council of Priests
- Founding Member of the Boise Diocesan Ecumenical Commission
- Missionary in South America, Pastor of the parish of St. John the Baptist in Cali, Colombia, S.A., May 1968 - December 1977
- Pastor of St. Hubert's Parish, Homedale, Idaho, January 1978 - November 1980.
ORDINATION TO EPISCOPACY
- Appointed 7th bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, September 3, 1980. Ordained and installed November 17, 1980, Salt Lake City.
- Appointed 8th bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, November 30, 1993. Installed January 27, 1994, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento. Living donor liver transplant, April 1, 2005 (Dan M. Haverty, donor).
- Retired as bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, November 30, 2008.
- Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 10, 1988
- Doctor of Humanities, Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Oregon, October 21, 1988
- Doctor of Social Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, June 13, 1992
- Silver Citizenship Medal of the Utah Sons of the American Revolution, February 1987
- Silver Beaver Award, Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America, February 1990
- U.S. Bishops’ Committee on the Laity, 1982-1984
- U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Campaign for Human Development, 1982-1984
- U.S. Bishops’ Committee on the Missions, 1987-1989
- U.S. Bishops’ CTNA/CCC Assessment Committee, 1987-1989
- U.S. Bishops’ Social Development and World Peace Committee, 1987-1989
- U.S. Bishops’ International Policy Committee, 1990-1992
- U.S. Bishops’ Administrative Committee, 1990-1992
- U.S. Bishops’ Latin American Committee, 1986-1989 and 1995-1998
- U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee, 1996 - 1999
- Served (1981-1986) on the drafting committee for the U.S. Bishops' pastoral letter, "Economic Justice For All," approved November 1986.
- Testimony before U.S. Senate Banking Committee for United States Catholic Conference on Third World Debt, April 1987
- Chaired bishops' subcommittee for drafting the 1989 statement on the Third World Debt, issued by the U.S. Bishops’ Administrative Committee
- Mercy Foundation Board of Directors, Sacramento
- Sacramento Life Center Board
- Anne Frank Exhibit Committee, Davis, California
- Friends Care Advisory Board, Sacramento
- Capital Unity Council, Sacramento
- Westminster College Board of Directors, Salt Lake City
- Utah Committee for American/Soviet Relations
- Greater Salt Lake Homeless Shelter Committee
- Utahns United Against Nuclear Arms Race
- Utahns for Canyonlands
- Anne Frank Exhibit Committee, Salt Lake City
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah
- Economic Development Corporation of Utah
- Utah Blue Ribbon Committee on Health Care
- Success by Six Blue Ribbon Committee, Salt Lake City
- Salt Lake City Gang Task Force
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