Santa Fe Archbishop to be ‘of assistance and support’ to the AUSCP

Archbishop John Charles Wester of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has agreed to serve as Episcopal Moderator of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.

 “I am honored by your request and am happy to serve in this capacity,” said Archbishop Wester in a letter to Reverend Jim Schexnayder, who had written to him on behalf of the AUSCP. “I look forward to speaking with you in the future so that I can learn how I can be of assistance and support,” Archbishop Wester said. “May the Lord bless you and your brother priests abundantly.”

 “The AUSCP looks forward to continuing our constructive contribution to the life of our Church, working with Archbishop Wester,” said Reverend Bernard “Bob” Bonnot, chair of the Association’s leadership team.

 Archbishop Wester was ordained a priest in 1976 in San Francisco and ministered in parishes, schools and archdiocesan positions. In 1998 Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese where he served as vicar general and episcopal vicar for clergy. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Bishop of Salt Lake City in 2007; Pope Francis appointed him to Santa Fe on April 27, 2015.

 Archbishop Wester has been involved with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as a member of the Bishops Committee on Vocations, Chairman of Northern California Ch'an/Zen-Catholic Dialogue, Consultant for the Subcommittee on Interreligious Dialogue, member of the Migration Committee, the Pastoral Practices Committee, World Mission Committee, the Subcommittee on Lay Ministry, and as the USCCB bishop-liaison to Asia.