Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Archidioecesis Milvauchiensis
Country Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Territory The City of Milwaukee and the counties of Dodge, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha in the state of Wisconsin
Ecclesiastical province Milwaukee
- Catholics

674,736 (registered)[1]
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established November 28, 1843 (Elevated to Archdiocese on February 12, 1875)
Cathedral Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Patron saint St. John the Evangelist
Current leadership
Pope Benedict XVI
Archbishop Archbishop Jerome Edward Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
Auxiliary Bishop Donald J. Hying
Emeritus Bishops Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B.
Archbishop Emeritus of Milwaukee
Richard J. Sklba
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Milwaukee

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee (in pink) within the Ecclesiastical Province of Milwaukee
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is a Roman Catholic archdiocese headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the United States. It encompasses the City of Milwaukee, as well as the counties of Dodge, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha, all located in Wisconsin. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is the metropolitan see of the ecclesiastical province of Milwaukee, which includes the suffragan dioceses of Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, and Superior. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Archbishop Jerome Edward Listecki is the current Archbishop of Milwaukee.

The Latin title of the archdiocese is Archidioecesis Milvauchiensis, and the corporate title is Archdiocese of Milwaukee.



The Diocese of Milwaukee was erected November 28, 1843 by Pope Gregory XVI. It was elevated to Archdiocese on February 12, 1875 by Pope Pius IX. The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is the episcopal see of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.[2]

Archdiocesan demographics

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has a membership of 674,736 Catholics in 211 parishes. There are 358 diocesan priests, 343 religious priests, and 166 permanent deacons. Religious orders include 77 brothers and 2,327 women religious.[citation needed]

The archdiocese houses one seminary educating 29 seminarians. It oversees 119 elementary schools, 13 high schools, and five colleges and universities.

Also included in the archdiocese are 11 Catholic hospitals and 8 Catholic cemeteries.[3]

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

"The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is launching a national advertising campaign to notify sex abuse victims of their deadline to file claims. The archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January after it failed to reach a settlement with two dozen victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy."[4]

Archbishops, auxiliary bishops, and other bishops

Diocesan bishops

  1. John Martin Henni (1844–1881) Died
  2. Michael Heiss (1881–1890) Died
  3. Frederick Katzer (1890–1903) Died
  4. Sebastian Gebhard Messmer[5][6] (1903–1930) Died
  5. Samuel Stritch (1930–1940) Appointed Archbishop of Chicago
  6. Moses E. Kiley[7][8] (1940–1953) Died
  7. Albert Gregory Meyer (1953–1958) Appointed Archbishop of Chicago
  8. William Edward Cousins (1959–1977) Died
  9. Rembert Weakland, O.S.B. (1977–2002) Retired
  10. Timothy Dolan (2002–2009) Appointed Archbishop of New York
  11. Jerome Edward Listecki (2010–present)

Auxiliary bishops

Bishops who once were priests of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

The following men began their service as priests in Milwaukee before being appointed bishops elsewhere:




  • See List of Schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Ecclesiastical province

See: List of the Catholic bishops of the United States#Province of Milwaukee

See also


External links

Coordinates: 43°04′07″N 87°52′08″W / 43.06861°N 87.86889°W / 43.06861; -87.86889

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