George Otto Wirz (1929-2010)
Bishop ordained MADISON, Wis. (AP) -Before a gathering of bishops, archbishops and abbots, Mon-signor George Wirz was ordained a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Madison Thursday. Wirz, 49, the first native of the Madison Diocese to be ordained a bishop, was also ordained as auxiliary bishop of the diocese. The ceremony at St. Raphael Cathedral was attended by 46 church officials from all over the country as well as 60 Madison area priests and a Vatican representative. Wirz' sister, Sister Joan, is a member of the Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac and teaches nursing. He has two step-brothers, the Rev. Robert Buholzer, a priest at Ridgeway Bameveld, and Alvin Buholzer, a cheesemaker at Monroe.