William J. Winter

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
William Joseph Winter
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Pittsburgh
Titular Bishop of Uthina
Archdiocese Philadelphia
Diocese Pittsburgh
Appointed December 21, 1988
Installed February 13, 1989
Term ended May 20, 2005
Other posts Titular Bishop of Uthina
Ordination December 17, 1955
Consecration February 13, 1989
by Donald W. Wuerl, Anthony G. Bosco, and John B. McDowell
Personal details
Born (1930-05-20) May 20, 1930 (age 86)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma mater St. Vincent Seminary
Pontifical Gregorian University (S.T.D., 1958)
Motto To do your will
Styles of
William Joseph Winter
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

William Joseph Winter (born May 20, 1930) is the auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Roman Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the titular bishop of Uthina.[1]


Bishop Winter was born in Beechview, Pittsburgh in 1930. He attended St. Catherine of Siena (Beechview) for grade school, and St. Michael High School in Pittsburgh's South Side before entering St. Vincent Seminary in 1948.[2] He was ordained a priest on December 17, 1955.[2] Winter briefly served as an assistant at St. Bernard Parish in Mount Lebanon, before going to Rome to receive a degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1958.[2][3]

Before his appointment as auxiliary bishop, Winter had served as the pastor of Holy Innocents Parish in Sheraden, and St. Philip's in Crafton,[2][4] as well as assistant chancellor and vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.[2]

Winter was appointed bishop on December 21, 1988, and consecrated February 13, 1989, both by Pope John Paul II. While bishop, he served as pastor of Sacred Heart in Shadyside,[5] and notably led the Parish Reorganization and Revitalization Project that dissolved or consolidated 163 parishes between 1992 and 1994.[5]

Winter submitted his resignation when he reached the age of 75. His application was approved by Pope John Paul II, and he retired from the duties of auxiliary bishop on May 20, 2005.[1] At the time of his resignation, he was recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for confirming an estimated 45,000 Catholics.[5] Since he resigned, Bishop Winter has resided at St. John Vianney Manor Retirement Home on the campus of St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.[2]

Since his retirement, Winter has been actively involved in various parishes around the Pittsburgh area, filling in for priests and doing minor jobs.

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  1. ^ a b Cheney, David M (February 10, 2010). "Bishop William Joseph Winter". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved April 24, 2010. [self-published source]
  2. ^ a b c d e f LaRussa, Tony (May 21, 2005). "Pope accepts Winter's resignation as bishop". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pittsburgh. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Guydon, Lynda (December 28, 1988). "Seasoned Winter fills auxiliary bishop post". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh. p. 5. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Bergholz, Eleanor (February 14, 1989). "William Winter is ordained as city's 2nd auxiliary bishop". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh. p. 4. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Rodgers, Ann (May 21, 2005). "Auxiliary Bishop Winter retires at 75". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh. p. B-2. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Pittsburgh
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh
Succeeded by