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Statement on Bishop Listecki

November 14, 2009

Statement of Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan on the appointment of Bishop Jerome Listecki as Archbishop of Milwaukee.

"For the last nine months, since my appointment as Archbishop of New York, I have daily asked our Lord to send a happy, holy, humble new archbishop to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  Today my prayer is simply: “thank you, Lord!”  Pope Benedict XVI has chosen wisely.  Bishop Jerome Listecki is a good friend, and a most effective, generous, faithful, joyful shepherd.  I feel bad for the Diocese of La Crosse, but rejoice with my beloved people of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee!  Sorry, Gerry, that I did not leave the archdiocese in better shape, but I was counting on being there a lot longer!  You’ve got some of the greatest clergy, sisters, and people in the Church … and now they’ve got one of the best archbishops anywhere!  (P.S. In the confidential file in the safe is the list of my favorite fish fries)."

+Timothy M. Dolan

Archbishop of New York