Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Archidioecesis Milvauchiensis
Coat of arms of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Country 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
Area 4,758 sq mi (12,320 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
673,000 (28.4%)
Parishes 204
Schools 111
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established November 28, 1843 (173 years ago)
Elevated to Archdiocese on February 12, 1875
Cathedral Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Patron saint St. John the Evangelist
Secular priests 334
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Jerome Edward Listecki
Emeritus Bishops Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B., Archbishop-Emeritus
Richard J. Sklba, Auxiliary Bishop-Emeritus
Map of Wisconsin indicating counties of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee (Latin: Archidioecesis 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 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. As of 2016, Jerome Edward Listecki is 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.[1] The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is the episcopal see.


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."[2] About 550 people are asking for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.[3]


The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has a membership of 591,890 Catholics in 198 parishes, representing the most heavily Catholic region of the state. There are 322 diocesan priests, 370 religious priests, and 147 permanent deacons. Religious orders include 82 brothers and 994 women religious.[4]

The archdiocese houses one seminary (St. Francis de Sales Seminary) educating 44 seminarians. It oversees 94 elementary schools, 13 high schools, and five colleges and universities.

Also included in the archdiocese are 12 Catholic hospitals and 9 Catholic cemeteries.[5]


The following are lists of the Roman Catholic Bishops and Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and their years of service.

Diocesan bishops

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

Auxiliary bishops

dagger = deceased

Priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee who became bishops

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

dagger = deceased





Ecclesiastical province

Map of Wisconsin indicating counties for each of the five dioceses
Ecclesiastical Province of Milwaukee

The ecclesiastical province of Milwaukee comprises the state of Wisconsin and includes these suffragan dioceses.

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