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    Every year, the Heart & Lung Research Foundation presents the Legacy of Life Award to recognize eminent leaders with Utah ties for their contribution to the well-being of people everywhere.

    In April 2014, we were pleased to honor the Most Reverend John Charles Wester as our Legacy of Life recipient.



About John Charles Wester:

A native of San Francisco, California, John Charles Wester was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on May 15, 1976. He has earned degrees from Saint Joseph College, Saint Patrick College, Saint Patrick Seminary, the University of San Francisco and Holy Names College.

Bishop WesterAfter his priestly ordination, many facets of ministry in the Church followed in the Bay Area that included assignments as an associate pastor, pastor, high school faculty member, director of campus ministry, high school president, assistant superintendent for high schools, and administrative assistant to Archbishop John R. Quinn.

On July 25, 1997, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, named Reverend Wester a Prelate of Honor, giving him the title of Monsignor. He then served as the vicar for clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. In 1998, Monsignor Wester was ordained auxiliary bishop of San Francisco and appointed to serve as the vicar general. From 2005-2006, Bishop Wester served as the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. On January 8, 2007, he was named Bishop of Salt Lake City and installed on March 14, 2007.

His kind and giving spirit reflects his Episcopal motto: Abide in Christ.

For additional information, contact the Foundation office at 801-408-1775 ​