SALINA — Bishop Edward Weisenburger of the Salina Diocese has been transferred to the Diocese of Tucson, Ariz. The announcement came Tuesday morning from the Holy See in Rome.
Weisenburger will be installed as bishop of Tucson on Nov. 29, replacing Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, who submitted his resignation last year upon reaching his 75th birthday, in accordance with church law, according to a press release from the Salina Diocese.
“I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of a shepherd who has served graciously and generously for many years. Bishop Kicanas has served in many national capacities for the Catholic Church and is highly esteemed. Knowing that he will continue to reside in our Diocese is a great comfort for me and a blessing for our people,” Weisenburger said in the release.
Weisenburger, who lived with his family in Hays as a boy and attended second grade in a school at St. Joseph Catholic Church, has served as bishop of the Salina Diocese since February 2012. He previously served as a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City for nearly 25 years.
The Salina Diocese includes approximately 44,000 Catholics. The Diocese of Tucson, which borders with Mexico, serves approximately 450,000 Catholics, many of whom are Spanish-speaking.
An interim administrator from within the Salina Diocese will be appointed after Nov. 29.