The Most Rev. William K. Weigand, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood during a 12:15 p.m. Mass in the Cathedral of the Madeleine May 22.
Bishop Weigand was ordained on May 25, 1963, in St. Mary's Church in St. Maries, Idaho, by the Most Rev. Sylvester W. Treinen, bishop of Boise.Born in Bend, Ore., Bishop Weigand attended schools in Tekoa, Wash., and St. Maries. His high school education was at Mount Angel Minor Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore. He attended Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict and St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore, Wash.
After his ordination he served as a priest in Idaho and was pastor of the missionary parish of St. John the Baptist, Cali, Colombia, from June 1968 to December 1977.
He was ordained as the seventh bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City on Nov. 17, 1980.
Attending the 25th anniversary celebration will be Bishop Treinen; the Most Rev. Joseph Lennox Federal, retired bishop of Salt Lake City; the Most Rev. Lawrence H. Welsh, bishop of Spokane; and Alice Weigand, Bishop Weigand's mother. A reception will follow.
A 6 p.m. social and 7 p.m. dinner will be held in the Red Lion Hotel for family and friends of the bishop. The public is invited by reservation.
Since being ordained bishop, Bishop Weigand served as a major writer and contributor to the U.S. Catholic Bishops' pastoral letter on economic justice.
In the diocese, some of his major accomplishments include expansion of the Office of Hispanic Ministry and developing ministries to other ethnic groups; opening the Office of Native American Ministry; opening Marillac House and the St. Vincent's De Paul Soup Kitchen.
Also, he opened an Office of Communication Media, an Office of Ministry to the Handicapped, an Office for Scriptural Enrichment, an Office of Family Life and an Office for Lay Ministry.
Bishop Weigand has dedicated and established three new Catholic parishes in the Salt Lake Valley. The Intermountain Catholic, the diocesan newspaper, was completely revamped, and for the first time in the history of the diocese all missions and stations in the state are staffed by missionary sisters.