Diocese of La Crosse

"I am just a pencil in
Our Lord's Hand"
— Fr. Walijewski
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EWTN to feature the life of Father Joseph Walijewski on Saturday April 11 at 9:00PM CST
This 60 minute tribute to Father Joseph Walijewski’s life and ministry, produced and hosted by Bob Dolan of Bob Dolan Productions, is filled with many testaments to his charism. Tracing his life of devotion and dedication, this feature explores how God’s providence guided, and Father Joe’s humble service provided the necessary means to minister to those most vulnerable.

Father Joe spent most of his life in South America, but brought with him the cleverness of a Midwestern farm boy. His simple upbringing and can-do attitude allowed him to respond to those in need with extraordinary success. Despite the setbacks he experienced throughout his life, his faith remained strong and his devotion unwavering.

His story of faith and service gives us courage to confront situations placed in our lives, and the resolution to do something about it. Using the model of his life, we will be inspired to see Christ crucified in everyone we meet.


MASS CELEBRATING THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE  OPENING OF THE CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION AND CANONIZATION OF SERVANT OF GOD, FATHER JOSEPH WALIJEWSKI

On Sunday, March 16, 2014, the first anniversary Mass to honor the opening of the cause of Beatification and Canonization of Father Joseph Walijewski was celebrated at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral in La Crosse. Bishop William P. Callahan was the principal celebrant.

THE LIFE OF FATHER JOE WALIJEWSKI:
CROSSROADS OF HOPE

Learn how the priestly zeal and heroic virtue of Servant of God, Father Joe Walijewski, was lived out in his life filled with hope.

 

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THE FIRST NOEL
Listen to the children of Casa Hogar sing "The First Noel"
“WISCONSIN PRIEST'S LEGACY LIVES ON AT PERUVIAN ORPHANAGE"
by Ellie Gardner of Catholic News Service
Watch this engaging account of Fr. Joe’s work in South America, and the testimony given by those who are living better because of his legacy. Hear Msgr. Hirsch describe his role as the current director of Casa Hogar and others who knew Fr. Joe.
MASS INAUGURATING THE CAUSE OF FATHER JOSEPH WALIJEWSKI – MAY 1
On the Solemnity of Saint Joseph the Workman, May 1st 2013, a Mass inaugurating the Cause of Fr. Joseph Walijewski was offered. The Cause was opened on March 19th, 2013 with a ceremony attended by more than 100 people. The Mass inaugurating the Cause included a homily giving reason for the cause by Bishop William P Callahan as well as the swearing in ceremony of the tribunal. To view the entire mass please click the video to your left.
LEARN ABOUT THE CAUSE OF
FATHER JOSEPH WALIJEWSKI

Bishop Callahan encourages us to listen as Fr. Joe tells of the event that inspired him to respond to the abandoned children of God he found in Peru. His priestly zeal and practical response to provide basic human needs of shelter, food, and clothing is now being continued through the work of the Guild.
CAUSE OPENED MARCH 19 – 3 PM
On March 19, 2013 an edict was tacked to the front door of the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, La Crosse, declaring that "anyone who can offer testimony, good or bad, about the Servant of God, must make themselves known to the tribunal so they may give their testimony."

Bishop William P. Callahan, on the Feast of St. Joseph, announced the opening of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Fr. Joseph A. Walijewski. ... Read More...