Jerome E. Listecki

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Jerome Edward Listecki (born March 12, 1949) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who has served as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 2010.

Jerome Edward Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
AppointedNovember 14, 2009
InstalledJanuary 4, 2010
PredecessorTimothy M. Dolan
OrdinationMay 14, 1975
by John Cody
ConsecrationJanuary 8, 2001
by Francis George, John George Vlazny, and James Patrick Keleher
Personal details
Born (1949-03-12) March 12, 1949 (age 70)
Chicago, Illinois
Previous postBishop of La Crosse (2004–2009)
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago (2000–2004)
Alma materNiles College
St. Mary of the Lake Seminary
DePaul University (J.D.)
Styles of
Jerome Edward Listecki
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Previously Archbishop Listecki served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago (2001–2004), and as the Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse (2004–2009).


Early yearsEdit

Jerome Listecki was born in Chicago and raised on the Southeast Side.[1] His father (d. 1986) owned a tavern before working as a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority.[1] Jerome received his early education at the parochial school of St. Michael the Archangel Church before attending Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, from where he graduated in 1967.[2] He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Joseph College Seminary in 1971, and completed his theological studies at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary (in Mundelein, Illinois).[2] During his summers as a seminarian, he worked in a blast furnace centering plant in the US Steel mills near Chicago.[3]

Ordination and ministryEdit

Listecki was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal John Cody on May 14, 1975.[4]

After studies in canon law and moral theology in Rome, Listecki earned a licentiate and doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in 1981 with a dissertation entitled Indissolubility and the United Methodist Church. He previously earned a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University,[5] making him the holder of degrees utriusque juris as Doctor of Canon and Civil Law. During his service to the Archdiocese of Chicago, he taught at both Quigley Preparatory Seminary North (later Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary) and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, served in a number of Chicago parishes and as pastor of St. Ignatius Church, worked within the Archdiocesan Chancery as an Appellate Judge for the Matrimonial Tribunal and separately as in-house legal counsel for the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1985–87, and served as the chaplain to the Catholic Physicians' Guild of Chicago.[6]

His media experience included co-hosting the Chicago radio station WIND program "Catholic Conversation" from 1978–79,[7] his regular participation as celebrant for the WGN TV "Mass for Shut-ins", as well as service as a producer for several other television programs.[8]

Auxiliary Bishop of ChicagoEdit

On November 7, 2000, Listecki was appointed auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago by Pope John Paul II. He was consecrated on January 8, 2001.[9]

Ordination history of
Jerome E. Listecki
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byFrancis George OMI (Chicago)
DateJanuary 8, 2001
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Jerome E. Listecki as principal consecrator
Donald J. HyingJuly 20, 2011
James PowersFebruary 18, 2016
Jeffrey HainesMarch 17, 2017
James SchuermanMarch 17, 2017

Bishop of La Crosse, WisconsinEdit

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.[10][11] On March 1, 2005, he was installed as Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse.[1][12]

At La Crosse he initiated a $50 million fundraising campaign, a planning process to restructure ministry and parishes in the diocese,[13] and was instrumental in the development of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a project initiated by his predecessor, Bishop Burke.

Archbishop of Milwaukee, WisconsinEdit

Bishop Listecki was named Archbishop of Milwaukee by Pope Benedict XVI on November 14, 2009. He was installed on January 4, 2010 by the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, Archbishop Pietro Sambi. As Archbishop of Milwaukee, the metropolitan see of the Ecclesiastical Province of Milwaukee (the entire state of Wisconsin), he received the pallium on June 29, 2010 from Pope Benedict XVI.[14]

Listecki served as an Army Reserve chaplain in the United States Army Reserve for 20 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) criticized Archbishop Listecki on January 6, 2010, for allowing retired archbishops Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee and Daniel Edward Pilarczyk of Cincinnati, who were implicated in cases of sexual abuse which were covered up, to say Mass at St. John's Cathedral in Milwaukee.[15] On January 12, 2010, during a hearing of the Wisconsin State Senate on a bill to extend the statute of limitations for reporting abuse as supported by Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, State Senator Glenn Grothman joined in this criticism, and also questioned Listecki why he allowed Weakland, who had been accused of moving around abusive priests, to keep his title as Emeritus Archbishop of Milwaukee, and for retaining the name Weakland Center on the pastoral center at St. John's Cathedral.[16] Listecki testified against the bill, saying it would single out Catholic institutions and bankrupt the Milwaukee Archdiocese.[17][18][19]

Listecki was publicly criticized in February 2010 by Jerry Matysik, the Eau Claire Police Chief and SNAP for allegedly misleading the Wisconsin State Legislature about the LaCrosse diocese abuse notification procedure in Listecki's testimony against extending the statute of limitations, stating,"Archbishop Listecki appears more interested in protecting the organization than he is in protecting children,"[20] and again in August 2010 by SNAP for passing up action on an abuse claim due to lack of evidence.[21]

The Archbishop apologized to victims of clergy sexual abuse on March 30, 2010, in a statement that said that both the individual perpetrators, as well as the bishops who failed to stop the abuse, "go against everything the Church and the priesthood represent."[22] He credited the bravery of "victim-survivors" who persisted in bringing their cases to light and forcing the Church to change. "We owe these victims/survivors our deep gratitude and we acknowledge our own actions have not always expressed that gratitude adequately." He defended Pope Benedict XVI's role in the matter:

[M]istakes were made in the Lawrence Murphy case. The mistakes were not made in Rome in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The mistakes were made here, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, in the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s, by the Church, by civil authorities, by Church officials, and by bishops. And for that, I beg your forgiveness in the name of the Church and in the name of this Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Three years later, the New York Times commented,

It is disturbing that the current Milwaukee leader, Archbishop Jerome Listecki, said last week that the church underwent an "arc of understanding" across time to come to grips with the scandal — as if the statutory rapes of children were not always a glaring crime in the eyes of society as well as the church itself.[23]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Press Conference". Father Pat's Place. December 29, 2004.
  2. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 10, 2011.
  3. ^ Wamble, Michael. "The Interview". The Catholic New World.
  4. ^ "Archbishop Jerome Edward Listecki".
  5. ^ [1] "New auxiliary bishop for archdiocese", Chicago Catholic New World, 11/12/00
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 25, 2009. Retrieved November 5, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Catholic Physicians' Guild of Chicago website, accessed 11/4/09
  7. ^ "The great team of Furlan and Listecki". December 31, 2009. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 24, 2010. Retrieved November 5, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman website, accessed 11/5/09
  9. ^
  10. ^ La Crosse Tribune – 7.0 : Chicagoan Listecki named new bishop
  11. ^ La Crosse Tribune – 7.0 : Listecki called ‘pleasant, down to earth' Archived December 30, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ [2] Episcopal Lineage
  13. ^ [3] "Q&A: Listecki looks at diocese future, past after two years as bishop", La Crosse Tribune July 14, 2007
  14. ^ [4] "Archbishop Listecki to Receive Pallium from Pope on 6/29/10 in Rome," Archdiocese of Milwaukee website, accessed 10/9/10
  15. ^ [5] "Victims group questions visits by two retired archbishops", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/6/10
  16. ^ [6] Wisconsin Radio Network website, "Listecki pressed about Weakland's status", January 12, 2010, accessed October 19, 2010
  17. ^ [7] "Listecki opposes lifting limits on abuse suits: Bill may be short votes in Senate, co-sponsor says", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/12/10
  18. ^ [8], "Archbishop Opposes Bill To Remove Time Limits On Sex Abuse Cases: SNAP Pleased Milwaukee County District Attorney Supports Bill," 1/12/10, accessed 10/19/10
  19. ^ "Archbishop Opposes Bill To Remove Time Limits On Sex Abuse Cases". January 12, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  20. ^ [9] "Listecki misled legislators on policy, Eau Claire police chief says", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 4, 2010
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 7, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) "Listecki passed up action on priest for lack of evidence: La Crosse Diocese spokeswoman says incident did not meet standards for review", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 5, 2010
  22. ^ [10] "Archbishop Listecki Comments on Clergy Abuse at Chrism Mass"
  23. ^ Cardinal Dolan and the Sexual Abuse Scandal

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of Milwaukee
Preceded by
Raymond Leo Burke
Bishop of La Crosse
Succeeded by
William P. Callahan
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Succeeded by