The Wisconsin Rapids Deanery consists of 12 parishes in south Wood County and Adams County in central Wisconsin.
The 19-county Diocese of La Crosse is organized into 13 deaneries.
Deanery Pastoral Council Directory
Minutes from the Deanery Pastoral Council, Jan. 21, 2016
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Fortnight for Freedom - June 21-July 4
Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21 — the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More — to July 4, Independence Day.
Clergy appointments for Diocese of La Crosse
New appointments of note for the Wisconsin Rapids Deanery:
Fr. G. Valentine Joseph, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish in Wisconsin Rapids, is released from his responsibilities as pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. He retains his appointment as pastor of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish in Wisconsin Rapids, effective June 30, 2016.
Fr. Mark A. Miller, associate pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish in Wisconsin Rapids and chaplain at Assumption Middle and High School in Wisconsin Rapids, is released from his responsibilities as associate pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wisconsin Rapids, effective June 30, 2016. He retains all other appointments.
Fr. Jerome Patric, pastor St. Patrick Parish in Sparta and St. John the Baptist in Summit Ridge, is appointed pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wisconsin Rapids, effective June 30, 2016.
Fr. Francis Xavier Dias is appointed parochial administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Adams, effective June 30, 2016.
Previously announced appointments:
Fr. David P. Bruener, parochial administrator of St. Lawrence Parish in Wisconsin Rapids and St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Rudolph, is appointed pastor effective July 1, 2016.
Deacon Kevin Ray, deacon at Sacred Heart Parish at Elmwood, Sacred Heart Parish at Spring Valley, and St. Luke Parish in Boyceville, is released from his responsibilities at the parishes effective March 31, 2016 and is appointed deacon at St. Joseph Parish in Adams and St. Ann Parish in Brooks, effective May 17, 2016.
Fr. James P. McNamee, pastor of St. Joseph Parish at Adams and St. Ann Parish at Brooks, has requested the status of senior priest and it has been granted, effective July 1, 2016. He will continue to serve as chaplain at the Oxford Federal Prison.
Bishop Callahan's radio program
"Connecting the Diocese" is Bishop William Callahan's weekly radio program, which airs on the Relevant Radio stations in the Diocese of La Crosse. The program airs at 9 a.m. Fridays, with rebroadcasts at 10 a.m. Saturdays and noon on Sundays.
stations in the Diocese of La Crosse:
Wisconsin Rapids 93.9 FM WMMA
Wausau 92.9 FM WYNW
La Crosse 1570 AM WKBH
Eau Claire 1050 AM WDVM
Father Joseph Walijewski Legacy Guild
On March 19, 2013, Bishop William Callahan opened the cause for beatification and canonization for Fr. Joseph Walijewski, who died in 2006. Fr. Joe, a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse, spent most of his ministry serving the missions in Bolivia and Peru.
Since the opening of the cause, Bishop Callahan formed a tribunal to study and document the life of Fr. Walijewski. Witnesses are called before the tribunal to recount facts on the exercise of Christian virtues considered heroic specific to Fr. Walijewski’s state in life. In addition, all documents written by and about Fr. Walijewski are being gathered and examined. This time of study and documentation is expected to take about five years.
Learn more about the life of Fr. Joe, and see how you can help further his cause for sainthood. Click here for the Father Joseph Walijewski Legacy Guild website.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
The Marian Center for Peace has been canonically recognized by Bishop William Patrick Callahan as a private association within the Diocese of La Crosse for the good of the continued growth of the Church and the salvation of souls, not only in the Wisconsin Rapids Deanery but also throughout the Diocese.
Rev. James Altman, Dean
SS. Peter & Paul Church
1150 2nd St. N., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: 715-423-1351 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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