History of The Diocese of La Crosse

Called by Jesus Christ to “Seek first the kingdom of God;” we are the Diocese of La Crosse, a sacramental people, who worship God, teach the Catholic faith, and serve the needs of the human person.

Established on March 3, 1868, our local Church, the Diocese of La Crosse, was born by decree of Blessed Pope Pius IX. Today, we are proud to serve 950,000 souls, of whom 150,000 are Roman Catholic among 159 parishes. Father René Menard had arrived within our bounds more than 200 years earlier, and after him came other missionaries, settlers, farmers, woodsman, trappers, and riverboat mariners. The life of this neophyte diocese didn’t come to maturity quickly. Since its inception, the Diocese of La Crosse has seen the growth and increase from many nations—Polish, German, Irish, Hmong, and Mexican—added to its native peoples. It has seen the heroic witness of many, including Venerable Frederic Baraga, Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, Blessed Solanus Casey, Servant of God Father Joseph Walijewski, and Polonia’s Guatemalan Martyr Blessed James Miller.

The territory of the Diocese is nineteen counties in the west and central part of the State of Wisconsin. The western boundary of the diocese is formed by the Mississippi River. The Wisconsin River forms the southern and eastern boundary of the diocese. The northern boundary of the diocese is the southern boundary of the Diocese of Superior. The majority of the diocesan territory is rural and used for agriculture. There are six urban centers with combined populations close to 630,000, however, thirty-four percent of members of the diocese live outside a metropolitan or micropolitan statistical area.

As we look forward as a diocese, Bishop William Patrick Callahan, our tenth bishop, is giving vision to our mission of building up the Kingdom of God. With confidence in the presence and action of God in the world, the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse is a welcoming and worshiping community of faith, hope, and love. Called by the love of Christ we recognize the Spirit of God in one another and give witness to the value of human life by mutual respect and honor. In particular, this is represented in everyone’s call to vocation, marriage and family life, sacred worship and a deep desire to live a saintly life and thus meriting heaven.


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Feed my Lambs – Pictorial History of the Parishes of the Diocese of La Crosse
Hardcover 2017 | 464 pages
Discover the Catholic Faith of the people of West Central Wisconsin through the stories shared by its many parish communities in this first-ever coffee-table book with pull-outs!
$40.00 –  includes shipping to US Addresses





Dusk is My Dawn: The first hundred years, Diocese of La Crosse, 1868-1968
Paperback – 1969
by Father Gerald Edward Fisher (Author)

$12.00 includes shipping to US Addresses





Synod V Acts (Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin) 2003
by Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke, 8th Bishop of La Crosse
Paperback

$15.00 includes shipping to US Addresses





The Bishop with His People. Fourth Synod of the Diocese of La Crosse. Celebrated April 28 – May 1, 1986. Holy Cross Diocesan Center, La Crosse 1987
by Most Rev. John J. Paul, 7th Bishop of La Crosse
Electronic Delivery

$20.00





Third Synod Of The Diocese of La Crosse Jan 1, 1955
by Most Rev. John P. Treacy, 5th Bishop of La Crosse
Electronic Delivery

$20.00





Together As Brothers: A History of the Brother of St. Pius X 2014
by Brother Michael Mandernach, CSPX
Paperback

Temporarily out of stock

$18.00 includes shipping to US Addresses




A Landmark of Faith – 150 Years – St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral
History of the Cathedral parish, which has its roots as a small town church, has been researched, collected and organized. This full color 228 page book shares a 150 year journey. Hardcover.

$49.99

 


Holy Cross Seminary Dedication – 1951
Hardcover
$10.00 includes shipping to US Addresses