Ministry Formation


Our office coordinates the intellectual, pastoral and spiritual formation of deacon  candidates and lay persons.

Permanent Deacon Ordination 2016

The Diaconate Ordination of Mark A. Grunwald, Michael E. Horgan, Richard A. Letto, Michael J. Maher, Gregory J. Power and Donald C. Tully took place Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral in La Crosse, WI.


Catholic Life Articles

  • Commissioning of the Leaders of Prayer

    On Aug 26,2017, Bishop William Patrick Callahan commissioned 21 new leaders of prayer for the Diocese of La Crosse. This is a three-part course of study by which lay persons are prepared and commissioned to serve their parishes by bringing Holy Communion to the sick; conducting a Liturgy of the Word, possibly with distribution of […]

  • Graduates of the Lay Formation Institute 2017

    Twenty-one new graduates of the diocesan Lay Formation Institute (LFI) were commissioned on June 3, 2017. The two-year LFI energizes lay leadership in our parishes, drawing participants closer to Christ and his Church, deepening their knowledge of the faith, and forming them as joyful disciples. Front row (left to right): Veronica Steines-Machtan, Patricia Anderson, Jane […]

  • For the least of my people

    Deacon Dan Rider, along with the Sojourner House, offers mercy to the homeless in Eau Claire Deacon Dan Rider of St. Peter in Tilden and St. Charles Borromeo in Chippewa Falls clearly remembers when his connection to the homeless in Eau Claire first began. It was a cold night in December 2010 that was featured […]

  • ‘Pastoral ministry allowed my appreciation of the elderly to bloom’

    Deacon John ministers to those in Marathon who are sometimes forgotten From childhood, Deacon John Bourke of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Marathon has always been drawn to friendships with his elders. “My mother always said it seemed like I sought out elderly folks,” says Deacon John. “They always have so many […]