New Pittsburgh auxiliary hails from Harrisburg

Pope Benedict has named Father William J. Waltersheid, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh.

The appointment was made public last week by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, the USCCB reports.

Bishop-elect Waltersheid, 54, is a native of Ashland, Pennsylvania. He attended St. John Seminary College, Brighton, Massachusetts, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned a licentiate in dogmatic theology in 1993.

He was ordained a priest in Harrisburg in 1992.

Bishop-elect Waltersheid served as Parochial Vicar, St. Theresa Parish, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, 1994-1995; Parochial Vicar, Prince of Peace Parish, Steelton, Pennsylvania, 1995-1999; Director of Pastoral Formation, North American College, Rome, 1999-2000; Vice Rector, North American College, 2000-2003; Pastor, St. Patrick Parish, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 2003-2006, and Secretary for Clergy and Consecrated Life, 2006 to present.

Bishop-elect Waltersheid serves on the Board of Trustees of Holy Spirit Hospital, Harrisburg, and speaks several languages, including French, Italian, ad Spanish.

“In the name of more than 700,000 Catholics in this diocese, and especially together with Bishop William J. Winter, retired auxiliary bishop, and all of our priests, I warmly welcome Bishop-elect Waltersheid to his new home,” Bishop David A. Zubik stated in a news release.

The new bishop will be ordained on April 25th in St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland.

Asked Friday whether he was a Philadelphia Eagles fan, Bishop-elect William Waltersheid said, “Who are they? I have been and remain a Steelers fan.”

“For me this is like Merry Christmas,” said Bishop Zubik, who has had no auxiliary bishop since the pope sent Bishop Paul Bradley to Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2009. Retired auxiliary Bishop William Winter, 80, has been assisting him.

Bishop-elect Waltersheid said he felt a “tremendous bond” with the people of Pittsburgh and knows many priests from his studies and years as vice-rector at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, the Post-Gazette reports.

“I feel that our Holy Father has given me a wonderful new family,” he said.


Pope Names Harrisburg Priest as New Auxiliary Bishop for Pittsburgh (USCCB)

Auxiliary bishop feels bond with city (Post-Gazette)

Rev. William Waltersheid To Be Ordained In April\ (WTAE)

Harrisburg priest named auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh (Post-Gazette)