Heroes of Faith

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 Joseph Walijewski (1924 – 2006)

  • Ordained for the Diocese of La Crosse in 1950
  • 2013 cause opened

 

Brother James Miller, FSC (1944–1982)

  • Born in Stevens Point
  • 2010 cause opened

 

Father Samuel Mazzuchelli (1806 –1864)

  • 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 (1797–1868)

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

 

Father Solanus Casey (1870-1957)

  • Born in Oak Grove, just south of Prescott, WI
  • 1982 cause opened
  • 1995 declared venerable
  • 2017 declared blessed