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Archbishop comes "home" to La Crosse Sunday


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Archbishop Jerome Listecki returned to La Crosse Sunday for mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman. 

"It's a bit like coming home," Listecki said. 

Listecki now serves as the Archbishop of Milwaukee -- the state's largest diocese. That makes him Wisconsin's highest-ranking Catholic. 

But prior to moving east, Listecki served a five year stint as Bishop of La Crosse. 

He said there are certainly differences between his old job and the new one. 

"La Crosse is a fairly large diocese. It's 15-thousand square miles," the Archbishop said. "Population areas here are spread out and separated. You have La Crosse, Eau Claire and Wausau and you travel to those areas."

"In Milwaukee, my farthest destination is about an hour and a half. In La Crosse, it could be up to three and a half hours," Listecki said. 

The Archbishop also said he enjoys thinking about the vast amount of history contained in the walls of St. Joseph cathedral. 

The parish's sesquicentennial celebration concludes this month after beginning May 6, 2012. 
"When you talk in terms of milestones, you have to realize this is 150 years, with the representation of 10 bishops," Listecki said. 

"There have been 10 individuals over the 150 years who have occupied the chair," the Archbishop said. "That's taking us back to 1863." 


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