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Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishops of Milwaukee

Out of the Wisconsin’s diocese’ population of 2,339,403, 568,448 (24 percent) are Catholic

Pope Francis named Father Jeffrey Haines and Father James Schuerman as auxiliary bishops of Milwaukee.

The Holy See announced this nomination yesterday of the priests who have been serving the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Until now, Fr. Haines has served as rector and pastor of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, and Fr. Schuerman has served as pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church.

Born October 6, 1958 in Milwaukee, Jeffrey Haines holds a bachelor of arts degree from Marquette University, 1981, and earned a master’s of divinity from the Saint Francis de Sales Seminary in 1985. He studied canon law at The Catholic University of America, 2002. He was ordained a priest on May 17, 1985.

After his ordination, his assignments included: parochial vicar at St. Nicholas Parish, Milwaukee, 1985-1987; St. Nicholas Parish and Holy Redeemer Parish, 1987-1991; and St. Eugene Parish, Fox Point, 1991-1996. Pastor, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish, West Bend, 1996-2002; 2003-2011; temporary administrator, St. Patrick Parish, Whitewater, 2002-2003; assisting priest, Immaculate Conception Parish and Saint Mary Parish, West Bend, 2004-2011; rector and pastor, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, 2011-present.

Born April 5, 1957, James Schuerman would later pursue seminary studies at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary College. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Francis de Sales Seminary College in St. Francis, Wisconsin; a master’s degree in theology from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where he also continued his seminary studies at the Collegium Canisianum, Austria. He also holds a doctorate in ministry from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, 1996. He was ordained a priest on May 17, 1986.

Among his assignments after ordination are: parochial vicar, St. Anthony Parish, Milwaukee, 1986-1992; Missionary, Sagrada Familia Parish, Dominican Republic, 1992-1996; spiritual director, Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, 1997-2010; pastor, St. Francis de Sales Church, Lake Geneva, 2010-present.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee comprises 4,758 square miles in the state of Wisconsin. Out of a total population of 2,339,403 people, 568,448 (24 percent) are Catholic.

Since 2009, Archbishop Jerome Listecki has been the Archbishop of Milwaukee.

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