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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

Pray, Reconcile and Rejoice: 12 Hours of Reconciliation
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • One parish in each Deanery will offer 12 hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
175 Alive
Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • 10 a.m. - Commemoration of the arrival of Bishop Henni on the Milwaukee River followed by procession to the Cathedral
  • 11 a.m. - Mass at Cathedral
  • Noon - Cathedral Square Celebration

More Events

Downloadable Event List

Earn the 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.

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175th Anniversary Curriculum

Attention Educators!

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

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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.

Coloring book

Coloring Pages

Children will enjoy coloring these historical images.

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A brief look at our history

A Missionary Church: AD 30-1843

A history of the early missionary period of our diocese, beginning at the time of the apostles and ending with the creation of the Diocese of Milwaukee.

A Visible Catholic Presence: 1843-1903

The earliest period of the Archdiocese under the leadership of Archbishops Martin Henni, Michael Heiss and Frederick Katzer.

A Maturing Church: 1903-1945

This period discusses the expansion of the Archdiocese in the early Twentieth Century, but also how Catholics dealt with world events such as the Depression and two world wars. It encompasses the administrations of Sebastian Messmer, Samuel Alphonsus Stritch and part of the administration of Moses Elias Kiley.

A Bold New Age: 1945-1962

The post-war baby boom and rapid suburban expansion define this era of Archdiocesan history, which includes the latter part of Kiley's term, the administration of Albert G. Meyer and a portion of the term of William E. Cousins.

A Time of Transition and Change: 1962-2018

This period discusses the most recent period of our history and covers the sweeping changes made by the Second Vatican Council through the present day. This includes the latter part of Cousins' term, the administration of Rembert G. Weakland, Timothy M. Dolan and our current Archbishop, Jerome E. Listecki.

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A Closer Look

A Closer Look at 175 Years of Immigration in the Archdiocese

A brief history of the last 175 years of immigration in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Lay People and Catholic Life in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

A brief history of the last 175 years of Lay Participation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

A Closer Look at 175 Years of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese

A brief look at some of the major milestones in the history of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

A Closer Look at 175 Years of Catholic Social Provision in the Archdiocese

A brief history of Catholic Social Provision in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

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