Ministry Formation

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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

  • Gathering the seeds

    Mike Horgan’s journey to the diaconate It wasn’t until he began his formation for the diaconate that Michael Horgan began to notice all of the “seeds” that had been planted throughout his life that put him on the path toward ordination. The people, experiences and moments that seemed happenstance all began to fit together and […]

  • What is a Deacon’s role at Mass?

    Since Pope Paul VI approved the restoration of the permanent diaconate in the United States in 1968, we are much more likely to encounter a deacon. But many of us did not grow up with a deacon at our parish, and there is sometimes confusion as to his role, especially in the sacred Liturgy. And […]

  • Celebrating Rural Life Day

    Recognizing farms from the Wausau Deanery The 37th annual Diocesan Rural Life Day celebration was hosted September 14 on the farm of Mike and Sue Fischer of St. Florian Parish in Hatley.  This event is held each year, rotated between deaneries within the Diocese, to celebrate our connection to rural life and honor those who […]

  • 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 […]