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General statistics and the history of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

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Mission Statement: To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through his saving death and resurrection by calling, forming and sending disciples to go and make new disciples. As a people, we are called to encounter Jesus and grow as disciples through the sacramental life of the Church.

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General Statistics

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee was established on November 28, 1843, and was created an archbishopric on February 12, 1875.

The archdiocese covers 4,758 square miles in southeast Wisconsin and includes the following counties: Dodge, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha.

Parishes - current as of November 2018

Total number of parishes: 193
Registered Catholics: 543,155
Total population in southeastern Wisconsin: 2,354,807

Sacramental information - current as of November 2018

Baptisms: 5,360 [4,812 (ages 0 to 7); 347 (ages 8-17); 201 (age 18 and over)]
First Eucharist: 5,293
Confirmations: 4,469
Marriages: 1,404 [1,083 (Catholic); 321 (Interfaith)]
Deaths: 4,384

Religious Personnel - current as of November 2018

Diocesan Priests: 292
    Active:     140 - (12 released to other dioceses; 1 foreign mission)
    Retired:  152 - (Includes senior priests; unassignable)
Religious Order/Extern Priests: 394
Religious Order Brothers: 65
Women Religious: 1,173
Permanent Deacons: 176

Diocesan Seminary - current as of November 2018

Saint Francis de Sales Seminary
    Number of seminarians: 37 (4 studying elsewhere)

Catholic Education - current as of November 2018

    Catholic elementary schools: 86
    Elementary school enrollment: 25,681

   Catholic high schools: 16
   High school enrollment: 7,354

   Catholic colleges and universities: 5
   College and university enrollment: 19,100   

Religious Education - current as of November 2018

    Elementary school program enrollment: 24,914
    High school program enrollment: 9,582

Other Catholic Entities - current as of November 2018

    Catholic Hospitals: 11
    Catholic Cemeteries: 9

Source: Chancery Office-Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Listed figures were submitted for the 2019 Official Catholic Directory published by P.J. Kenedy & Sons, New Providence, NJ (unless indicated otherwise).

Page updated February 4, 2019

Contact the central office:

Archdiocese of Milwaukee
3501 S. Lake Dr.
P.O. Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912
Phone: 414-769-3300
1-800-769-9373
Fax: 414-769-3408

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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408