| Rembert G. Weakland was
born in Patton, Pennsylvania, on 02 April 2 1927.
He became a Benedictine novice at Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 1945 and became a monk in that order in 1949.
Weakland was ordained as a priest in 1951. He studied music in Italy, France and Germany, as well as at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and Columbia University.
He was named Coadjutor Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1963. He was elected Abbot Primate of the International Benedictine Confederation in 1967.
In 1968, Weakland presided at the meeting of Monastic Superiors in Bangkok, at which Thomas Merton was one of the speakers. After Merton's death, Weakland administered the final anointing and had the body shipped back to the monastery of Gethsemani.
Weakland was appointed archbishop of Milwaukee by Pope Paul VI on 20 September 1977. He was consecrated a bishop on 08 November 1977, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee, and on the same occasion was installed as Milwaukee's Ninth Archbishop by Archbishop Jean Jadot, apostolic delegate to the United States. On 02 April 2002, his 75th birthday, Weakland sent a letter to the Vatican asking to retire, as is required at that age by Canon Law. However the Vatican did not act until 24 May 2002, the day after Weakland asked it to accelerate the process, in view of the allegations made against him.