The celebration of All Saints Day Mass at the Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia was both a joyous and bittersweet affair, as the Sisters welcomed Bishop Edward Weisenburger to celebrate Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel, but also said their farewells.
Bishop Weisenburger was appointed as bishop of Tuscon, Ariz., on Oct. 3. He will be leaving the Salina Diocese and be installed in Tuscon on Nov. 29.
Bishop Weisenburger arrived early at the Motherhouse and took time to meet with many of the Sisters in the dining room before preparing for Mass. He was assisted at Mass by Father Henry Baxa and Father David Metz.
Following Mass, the Bishop and Fathers Baxa and Metz joined the Sisters and guests for lunch and fellowship in the Motherhouse dining room.
“We never leave here hungry,” Bishop Weisenburger laughed as he filled a plate. “I’ve always felt very at home here.”
“I am praying that a new bishop will be sent quickly,” Bishop Weisenburger told the Sisters. He also said that he felt welcomed in his new location as he had already met some Sisters of St. Joseph in Tuscon.
Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, President of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, thanked the Bishop for his service.
“We are humbled and grateful that you found time to come celebrate with us today in the midst of your demanding schedule,” Sister Jean said. “You have been a wonderful friend and pastoral presence to us. You have always been open to discussions with us. We wish you every success.”
The Sisters and guests gathered in the dining room then gathered together to extend a group blessing over the Bishop as he moves onward.
“We do know you as a friend,” Sister Jean said.