Archbishop Jerome Listecki

The Most Reverend Jerome Edward Listecki was named the 11th archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Pope Benedict XVI, succeeding the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, who was named archbishop of New York. Listecki previously served as Bishop of the Diocese of LaCrosse and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago.

A native of Chicago, Archbishop Listecki attended St. Michael the Archangel Grammar School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary South High School and Niles College of Loyola University. He began his graduate studies at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary in 1971, and was ordained a priest on May 14, 1975. On November 7, 2000, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Chicago by Pope John Paul II and was ordained a bishop on January 8, 2001. In January 2002, Archbishop Listecki was named the episcopal vicar of the Vicariate 1 of the archdiocese of Chicago. In addition, Listecki is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves.

Archbishop Listecki has earned both a civil law degree (1976 -  DePaul University, Chicago) and a doctorate in Canon Law and Moral Theology (1981 - Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome). 


On December 29, 2004, Listecki was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, succeeding Bishop Raymond Leo Burke, who became archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri. On March 1, 2005, he was installed as Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse.

November 14, 2009 Archbishop Listecki was appointed Archbishop of Milwaukee by Pope Benedict XVI and was installed on January 4, 2010, by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi. At that time, he assumed responsibility for the spiritual well-being of Catholics in the 10 counties of southeastern Wisconsin and took on the day-to-day administration of the archdiocese.

Born March 12, 1949, Archbishop Listecki is the son of Harry and Alfreda (Kasprzk) Listecki. They are both deceased. He has one sister, Mary (Penny), who resides in Tinley Park, Ill., a south Chicago suburb.

His Episcopal motto is the phrase "Life is Christ," from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (Phil 1:18-26).

Excerpts from biography from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

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