Today our Holy Father appointed Bishop Jerome Listecki of the Diocese of LaCrosse as the new Archbishop of Milwaukee. Here is the statement I released:
For the last nine months, since my appointment as Archbishop of New York, I have daily asked our Lord to send a happy, holy, humble new archbishop to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Today my prayer is simply: “thank you, Lord!” Pope Benedict XVI has chosen wisely. Bishop Jerome Listecki is a good friend, and a most effective, generous, faithful, joyful shepherd. I feel bad for the Diocese of La Crosse, but rejoice with my beloved people of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee! Sorry, Gerry, that I did not leave the archdiocese in better shape, but I was counting on being there a lot longer! You’ve got some of the greatest clergy, sisters, and people in the Church … and now they’ve got one of the best archbishops anywhere! (P.S. In the confidential file in the safe is the list of my favorite fish fries).
+ Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York