Celebrating Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand's 60th anniversary of priestly ordination

On May 25, Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand marks the milestone of the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He served as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento from Nov. 30, 1993 to Nov. 30, 2008.

He will offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 10 a.m. in thanksgiving to God for 60 years of priestly ordination. All are invited to celebrate this significant milestone with him.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1963 in St. Mary’s Church in St. Maries, Idaho by Bishop Sylvester W. Treinen of Boise.

His assignments as a priest included: Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Lewiston, Idaho, 1963-1964; and St. Mary’s Parish, Boise, 1964-1965. Administrator of St. Matthew Mission, Eagle; St. Henry’s Mission, Grandview; and Queen of Heaven Mission, Oreana, 1965-1968. Chancellor and Vice-Officialis of the Diocese of Boise, 1964-1968. Member of the Boise Council of Priests and of the Boise Diocesan Ecumenical Commission. Missionary in South America, pastor of the parish of St. John the Baptist in Cali, Colombia, May 1968-December 1977. Pastor of St. Hubert’s Parish, Homedale, Idaho, January 1978 to November 1980.

He was appointed as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City on Sept. 3, 1980. He was ordained and installed on Nov. 17, 1980 in Salt Lake City. He was appointed as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento on Nov. 30, 1993 and installed on Jan. 27, 1994 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento.

He received a living donor liver transplant on April 1, 2005, from Deacon Dan Haverty.

He retired as bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento on Nov. 30, 2008.

Bishop Weigand was born on May 23, 1937 in Bend, Oregon. He attended Mount Angel Minor Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon from 1951 to 1955 and college at Mount Angel from 1955 to 1957. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Edward’s Seminary in Kenmore, Wash., in 1959, and a master of divinity from St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore in 1963.