USCCB News Release
November 29, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop William Weigand of Sacramento;
Co-Adjutor Bishop Jaime Soto Succeeds Him
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop William K. Weigand, 71, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Sacramento, California. Bishop Jaime Soto, 52, who has been co-adjutor bishop of Sacramento since October 11, 2007, succeeds him. Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement in Washington.
A co-adjutor bishop enjoys the right of succession upon the death or retirement of the incumbent bishop.
Bishop Soto had been Auxiliary Bishop of Orange, California, before his appointment to Sacramento.
Jaime Soto was born December 31, 1955, in Inglewood, California. He attended St. John's Seminary College in Camarillo, California, and there earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 1978, and Master of Divinity degree in 1982. He earned aMaster of Social Work degree from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1986.
He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Orange in 1982, and was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Orange, March 23, 2000.
Bishop Soto's pastoral experience includes work in Catholic Charities, immigration reform and ministry to the Hispanic community. As a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) he is a member of the USCCB Administrative Committee; Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America; a member of the Committee on the Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; a member of the Committee on National Collections; and a member of the Task Force on the Spanish Language Bible and the Task Force on Promotion of Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., CLINIC.
Bishop Weigand was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Boise, Idaho, in 1963. He was appointed bishop of Salt Lake City in 1980, and Bishop of Sacramento in 1993.
The Sacramento Diocese includes 3,431,778 persons, including 552,147 Catholics.