HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY—Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of the Diocese of Harrisburg announced this morning that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Very Reverend William J. Waltersheid as Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh.
Bishop McFadden said in a statement on the appointment, "Father Waltersheid is an outstanding priest who has served this Diocese in an exemplary fashion." He went on to say, "While we are sad that he will no longer be serving in the Church in Harrisburg we know he will be a great blessing for the Catholic Church in Pittsburgh and will be an asset to the work of proclaiming the Gospel in the Lord's vineyard in the Western part of our state."
In response to his appoitment Rev. Waltersheid declared, "I am profoundly humbled by my appointment as auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh by Pope Benedict XVI and I offer my heartfelt thanks to Our Holy Father for his confidence in me. I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to serve the people of God in Pittsburgh with whom already I feel a great bond".
Bishop Elect Waltersheid, is a Pennsylvania native. He will be ordained a Bishop on April 25, 2011 in Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh.
Bishop Elect Waltersheid is the fourth priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg to be appointed Bishop. The first was Bishop Lawrence F. Schott who served as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Harrisburg from 1956 until his death in 1963. Cardinal William Keeler, retired of Baltimore, was named as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese in 1979. In 2004 then Father Kevin C. Rhoades became the third priest of the diocese to rise to Bishop when he was appointed to lead the Diocese of Harrisburg. In 1990 a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh became the Bishop of Harrisburg. He was Bishop Nicholas C. Dattilo who served until his death in 2004.