Here are a few examples of Heroes of Faith whose lives have intersected with the Diocese of La Crosse. Pray for their intercession and learn more about their ministry and lives by following the links provided.

Father Solanus Casey

  • Solanus Casey Center
  • Born in Oak Grove, just south of Prescott, WI
  • 1982 cause opened
  • 1995 declared venerable
  • 2017 declared blessed
  • Feast day July 30

Father Samuel Mazzuchelli(1806 –1864)

  • Father Mazzuchelli Society
  • Helped bring the Church to the Iowa-Illinois-Wisconsin tri-state area. He founded a number of parishes in the area, and was the architect for Saint Gabriel Church in Prairie Du Chien.
  • 1964 cause opened
  • 1993 declared venerable


Bishop Frederic Baraga

  • Bishop Baraga Association
  • Known as the “Snowshoe Priest,” he reestablished the Catholic Mission at La Point, WI
  • 1973 cause opened
  • 2010 declared venerable