Pope Francis has appointed Milwaukee native and Marquette alumnus Father Jeffrey R. Haines, along with Burlington native Father James T. Schuerman, as auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The appointments were announced in Rome on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will ordain both priest bishops at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The ordination date has not been announced, but should be within the next five to eight weeks.
“Praised be Jesus Christ; this is a proud moment for the Church in southeastern Wisconsin,” Archbishop Listecki said. “By choosing two of our own priests as our new auxiliary bishops, the Holy Father has paid a high compliment to all the priests from this archdiocese. In these two humble parish priests, Pope Francis has chosen men with a pastoral heart who have deep spirituality, and men who have the confidence of the priests and people of the archdiocese. He has gifted us with true servant-leaders, and they will share my ministry to the people of God throughout southeastern Wisconsin.”
Auxiliary bishops serve the Church by assisting the archbishop in the pastoral and spiritual leadership of the archdiocese. They assist the diocesan bishop in his role as shepherd which involves teaching, leading, serving and celebrating the sacraments with the people of God.
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