This outline is intended to give a broad overview of the major events and conditions that shaped the 150 history of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. It is not intended to be comprehensive. It needs to be supplemented with external readings and some research into the history of the local church community where the teacher or instructor may live or work.
Written by: Rev. Steven M. Avella
The reactivation of Catholic life in Wisconsin came as the federal government made land surveys and began to sell parcels of land, opening the way for settlers who began to move into the Old Northwest.
This period of Milwaukee Catholic history encompasses the reigns of three bishops: John Martin Henni (1843-1881); Michael Heiss (1881-1890); Frederick Xavier Katzer (1890-1903).
This period encompasses the administrations of Sebastian Messmer (1903-1930), Samuel Alphonsus Stritch (1930-1940) and part of the administration of Moses Elias Kiley (1940-1953).
This period covers the latter part of Kiley's term, the administration of Albert G. Meyer (1953-1958) and a portion of the term of William E. Cousins (1959-1965).
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