MILWAUKEE (Midwest Communications) Almost 700-thousand Catholics in southeast Wisconsin will get a new leader today. Jerome Listecki will be installed at this afternoon as the new Archbishop of Milwaukee.
The 60-year-old Listecki has been the bishop in La Crosse since 2005. At a service yesterday, Listecki followed the church’s tradition of knocking three times on the front door of Milwaukee’s Cathedral of Saint John. Once he was let in, he presided over a Vespers’ service attended by friends, relatives, priests, deacons, and others.
Listecki said he hopes his new members will find him to be a good citizen who works to make the community better. The archdiocese includes 10 counties in southeast Wisconsin. About 40 bishops and cardinals from throughout the country will attend today’s installation service – and about 200 priests in all will attend.
Listecki replaces Tim Dolan, who left last April to become the Archbishop of New York.
Listecki had been the bishop of the LaCrosse diocese, which includes most of Central Wisconsin. It's not clear when his replacement in LaCrosse will be named.