Reverend William Henry Wysong passed away on June 7, 2021, in Montgomery, Ohio. He was born on June 19, 1946 in Springfield, Ohio. He did his preparatory studies at St. Gregory Seminary, Cincinnati and studied philosophy and theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. He received a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati, a J.C. L. in 1997 from Catholic University of America in Washington , D.C and a Master’s in Biblical Studies from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in 2003. He was ordained on May 27, 1972 at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral by Archbishop Paul F. Leibold.
Father Wysong received his first assignment on June 15, 1972, as Assistant at St. Rita Church, Dayton, in addition to part-time teacher at Carroll High School and to work with the deaf in the Dayton area. In May 1973, he was appointed to full-time studies in Deaf Education at the University of Cincinnati, followed by a pro tem assignment of Associate Pastor of St. Jude, effective June 20, 1973. On August 22, 1973 Father Wysong was appointed to be in residence at St. Rita School for the Deaf. In June 1974, he was appointed Chaplain of Mount Notre Dame Convent, while continuing at St. Rita School for the Deaf. In August 1995, he was appointed to part-time work at the Tribunal Office while continuing his ministry at St. Rita School for the Deaf. Father Wysong retired as a member of the faculty of St. Rita School for the Deaf on June 30, 2019, however he decided to remain in full-time ministry for another year at St. Rita School for the deaf where he also offered to continue mentoring to Br. Paulinus. Father Wysong’s retirement from active ministry became effective. June 30, 2020.
Vigil Service: Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Rita School for the Deaf Gymnasium, 1720 Glendale-Milford Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215; 513-771-7600. Celebrant and Homilist: Reverend Bernard J. Weldishofer. Visitation until 8:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, June 11, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains. Celebrant: Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr; Homilist: Reverend Michael Depcik, OSFS.
Burial: Friday, June 11, 2021, immediately following the Mass of Christian Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 11000 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45249. Celebrant: Reverend Bernard J. Weldishofer.
Reception Luncheon: Friday, June 11, 2021 immediately following burial at St. Rita School for the Deaf.