Discover the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee (LatinArchidioecesis Milvauchiensis) 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 DodgeFond du LacKenoshaMilwaukee,OzaukeeRacineSheboyganWalworthWashington and Waukesha, all located inWisconsin. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is the metropolitan see of the ecclesiastical province of Milwaukee, which includes the suffragan dioceses of Green BayLa Crosse,Madison, and Superior. As of 2013 Jerome Edward Listecki was the Archbishop of Milwaukee.


The Diocese of Milwaukee was constituted 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.


17 July 2011: "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." About 550 people are asking for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.


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.


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 (1903–1930) Died
  5. Samuel Stritch (1930–1940) Appointed Archbishop of Chicago
  6. Moses E. Kiley (1940–1953) Died
  7. Albert Gregory Meyer (1953–1958) Appointed Archbishop of Chicago
  8. William Edward Cousins (1959–1977) Died
  9. Rembert WeaklandO.S.B. (1977–2002) Retired
  10. Timothy Michael Dolan (2002–2009) Appointed Archbishop of New York
  11. Jerome Edward Listecki (2010–present)

Auxiliary bishops

Priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee who became bishops

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



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