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News from around the Diocese

Here's a brief round-up of this week's news from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Auxiliary Bishop Callahan to head La Crosse Diocese

When Bp. Jerome Listecki was named Bishop of Milwaukee, the diocese of La Crosse was left without a spiritual leader.  This week, the Vatican has named Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan OFM. Conv. the 10th Bishop of the LaCrosse diocese.

The move comes as our other Bishop, Richard J. Sklba, is preparing to retire.  In a news report on the Milwaukee Diocese website, Bishop-designate Callahan had the following to say about his new appointment:

“I am honored by the responsibility that Pope Benedict XVI has entrusted to me. I am also saddened at the thought of having to leave my home here in Milwaukee. So many people within the archdiocese have meant so much to me during my time as an associate pastor, pastor and auxiliary bishop.”

Bishop-designate Callahan will remain with the Milwaukee diocese until he is installed as Bishop of LaCrosse on August 11, 2010.

Milwaukee welcomes five new priests; Listecki makes 2010 priest appointments

Beginning in May, Milwaukee welcomed five new Catholic priests to the dioceses.  Four priests were ordained on May 15 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist: Antony Primal Thomas of Racine, Erich Weiss of West Bend, Matthew Widder of Sheboygan Falls and Charles Wrobel of Sheboygan.  A second ordination Mass will take place July 17 when John Burns, who is completing his studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, returns to Milwaukee.

In addition to ordinations, Bishop Listecki has made appointments for 2010.  The complete list can be found here.

Faith in Our Future campaign closes

On May 23rd, Bishop Listecki celebrated a closing Mass for the Faith in Our Future campaign, marking the end of a three-year stewardship fundraiser meant to provide support faith formation and Catholic education.

The campaign had a goal of $105 million dollars and raised $94 million in pledges, or roughly 90% of that final goal.  Efforts will continue throughout this year to reach that goal.  The significance of this fundraising campaign, in the midst of a down economy, is a testament to the devotion Milwaukee Catholics have to their faith and Catholic education.

John and Jo Ellen Stollenwerk, honorary chairs of the Faith in Our Future campaign, applauded the outcome, “Catholic schools and our five Catholic colleges and universities are thriving and will become even stronger.  Through the fruits of this campaign, schools can renovate classrooms, improve technology, expand curriculum, and more."

Bishop Listecki to receive Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI

On June 29, Bishop Listecki will receive the Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.  The Holy Father will confer the Pallium on Bishop Listecki to mark his authority in the diocese.  Those who are interested in joining Bishop Listecki in Rome can read more about the eight-day pilgrimage here.

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