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Archdiocese of Milwaukee Celebrates 175-year Anniversary with Opening Mass

MILWAUKEE (October 30, 2018) – The Archdiocese of Milwaukee begins a yearlong celebration of its 175th year in Southeastern Wisconsin with an Opening Mass at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 25 at St. John the Evangelist, located at 812 N. Jackson St. Following mass, a reception at the Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., will commence.

Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will lead Opening Mass for a capacity congregation at the Cathedral Square parish. Along with all Catholics, Opening Mass attendance will include Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York, who served as the archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002-09. Auxiliary Bishops Jeffrey R. Haines and James T. Schuerman, along with priests of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will also celebrate mass.

Opening Mass kicks off a series of events the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is hosting to celebrate its 175th anniversary. On November 28, all 196 parishes and 107 schools are expected to participate in an Opening Bells ceremony. Bells will ring for 1 minute beginning at 10 a.m.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is leading or taking part in the following events and service projects during the next year:

  • Opening Mass – November 25, 2018
  • Opening Bells – November 28, 2018
  • City of St. Francis Celebration – December 1 and 4, 2018
  • 175 ALIVE – May 4, 2019
  • Seven Days of Service – September 22-28, 2019
  • Closing Mass – November 24, 2019
  • Closing Bells – November 28, 2019

Since its founding by Archbishop John Martin Henni in 1843, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has played a prominent role in the development of Southeastern Wisconsin. Today, there are more than 600,000 Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

For more information about Opening Mass, the Opening Bells, or any events related to the 175th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, go to or contact Amy Grau.

About the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has played a prominent role in Southeastern Wisconsin since 1843. It includes more than 600,000 Catholics, 196 parishes and 107 schools across 10 counties.

Media Contact

Amy Grau, communication director
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
(414) 769-3461


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