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175th Anniversary

A brief history intended to give a broad overview of the major events and conditions that shaped the last 175 years of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

175th Anniversary Events

Exploration

Explore the Archdiocese of Milwaukee! Choose from 6 biking and walking paths, which cover 175 miles total. This exploration is family-friendly, and you can pick your distance, pick your time and pick your location - start anywhere, at anytime.

Free passport guides and information available along the way in "little churches" at each stop on the routes. 

7 Days of service

7 Days of Service

Archdiocesan Service Week: September 22-29, 2019

Parish, Multi-Parish Communities, and Deaneries will be invited to participate in local service opportunities as an archdiocesan effort of reaching out to others and highlighting the Catholic Church’s presence in our communities.

175th anniversary patch

175th Anniversary Patch

Young people in grades 1 - 12 can earn the anniversary patch by completing activities that help them learn about the history of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

175th AnniversaryClosing MassClosing Mass

11 a.m. - Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019

All are welcome to join us at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee to celebrate the closing of the 175th anniversary celebration. A reception will follow in the Cathedral Atrium directly after Mass. 

175th Anniversary Closing BellsClosing Bells

November 28, 2019 (Thankgiving)

All parishes and families are invited to ring bells at 10 am and pray the 175th Anniversary Prayer to close the year.

History of the ArchdioceseA brief look at our history

A chronological look at the history of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee beginning with the early missionary period through today.

Missionary Church: AD 30-1843

Visible Catholic Presence: 1843-1903

Maturing Church: 1903-1945

Bold New Age: 1945-1962

Time of Transition and Change: 1962-2018

 

A Closer Look at 175 Years of:

Immigration in the Archdiocese

Lay People and Catholic Life in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Catholic Education in the Archdiocese

Catholic Social Provision in the Archdiocese

 

175th promotion items

175th Anniversary Promotional Items

Celebrate the 175th anniversary at your parish by purchasing an anniversary pull-up banner or SpiritWear!

Order a Banner

Order SpiritWear

175th prayer cardPrayer Cards

Parishes and schools can use the 175th anniversary prayer cards throughout the year.

Each card includes both English and Spanish versions.

Download PDF version

Contact Jenni Oliva for printed cards.

175th Anniversary Curriculum

Attention Educators!

Access the curriculum materials for the 175th Anniversary unit plans.

View Curriculum

Coloring book

Coloring Pages

Children will enjoy coloring these historical images.

Download

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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
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