Catholic Life – The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse


09/20/2017 07:00 AM
A memoir I never expected to write
When the second volume of my John Paul II biography, The End and the Beginning, was published in 2010, I thought I was finished with John Paul book-making. I hoped I’d done my best in bringing to a global audience the full story of a rich, complex life that had bent the curve of history […]

09/19/2017 08:00 AM
You are a priest forever!
An account of the last chapter in a priest’s life As a priest, we promise obedience and fidelity to the bishop and the church. Father Al Jakubowski couldn’t plan his own life or know the impact he would make, just that he was called to live as Christ for others. Father Al was ordained on […]

09/14/2017 05:43 PM
He said: I want to talk with the priest about strengthening our marriage.
She said: 
Why would we talk to a priest; 
he’s never been married? How would 
he know how to help a marriage? You may be surprised to know that priests know quite a bit about marriage. Let’s remember that priests do not come into the world as ordained men. They are born as a son […]

09/13/2017 04:54 PM
Speaker Ryan invites a social doctrine conversation
CNN is not the customary locale-of-choice for a catechesis on Catholic social doctrine. But that’s what Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, offered viewers of a CNN national town hall meeting on the evening of August 21. Challenged with a semi-“Gotcha!” question by Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Erica Jordan, who not-so-subtly suggested that […]

09/11/2017 09:23 PM
Living the rural life
The Fischer family shares their farm and faith for Rural Life Day St. Florian Parish in Hatley For Mike and Sue Fischer of St. Florian’s Parish in Hatley, life is about faith, family and farming. Married in 1971, the couple bought their dairy farm in 1972. What began with two people has now grown into […]

09/07/2017 08:13 PM
Basic Catholic Principles for Healing the Culture
In a world where our young people don’t always know right from wrong, good from bad, or true and false, it can be hard to convey the importance of God and humanity. But Camille Pauley, with a winning approach to “Healing the Culture” that engages head and heart, visited La Crosse as the keynote speaker […]

09/07/2017 07:10 PM
The Renaissance priest
Father Berns returns to his family farm whenever he gets the opportunity. He enjoys spending time with his parishioners at parish events, working on his cabin, riding his motorcycle and tending to his homing pigeons. Our Lady of Peace Parish in Marshfield Father Berns from Our Lady of Peace Parish finds solitude on his family […]

09/07/2017 04:26 PM
A Strong History of Missionary Work
Jesus said to the apostles, “What I have said to you in whispers, you are to proclaim from the housetops.” This is good news for the Mission Office and the people of God in the Diocese of La Crosse. Your commitment to the efforts of the Catholic Church announcing the name of Jesus Christ in […]

09/07/2017 04:20 PM
Our Mission of Mercy
My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, World Mission Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, is a reminder for all of us during our  diocesan sesquicentennial of the missionary heart of the Church and our response to her call. The Father’s plan for our salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ have been proclaimed in the Diocese […]

09/06/2017 09:08 PM
Venerating Saint Padre Pio
Making a pilgrimage to the site of a beloved saint is a great privilege and is not something everyone gets the opportunity to do. Msgr. Steven Kachel knows the powerful experience of being in the presence of a saint after a his visit to St. Padre Pio at the San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy. Msgr. […]