Bishop Weisenburger appointed Bishop of Tucson Diocese

SALINA, kan. (RELEASE) Pope Francis transferred Bishop Edward Joseph Weisenburger from the Diocese of Salina to the Diocese of Tucson, Ariz.

The announcement was made Tuesday in Rome.

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas submitted his resignation upon reaching his 75th birthday.

He will serve as the administrator of the Diocese until Weisenburger’s installation.

“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," says Weisenburger.

Weisenburger was appointed Bishop of Salina by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.

His ordination, which marked the beginning of his ministry, was on May 1, 2012, at Salina’s Sacred Heart Cathedral.

His installation as Bishop of Tucson will take place on Nov. 29, 2017.