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MASS TO CELEBRATE THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE OPENING OF THE CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION AND CANONIZATION OF SERVANT OF GOD, FATHER JOSEPH WALIJEWSKI
The second anniversary Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Workman in La Crosse. Bishop William P. Callahan will be the principal celebrant. Everyone is invited to attend.

Since the opening of the Cause on March 19, 2013, Bishop Callahan formed a tribunal to study and document the life of Father Joseph Walijewski. Witnesses are called before the tribunal to recount concrete facts on the exercise of Christian virtues considered heroic specific to Father Joseph Walijewski’s state in life. In addition, all documents written by and about Father Joseph Walijewski are being gathered and examined. This time of study and documentation is expected to take about 5 years.

Father Joe’s Legacy Guild has also been established. The Guild is an association of people numbering about 2,000 who are dedicated to furthering the cause of the Servant of God, Fr. Joseph Walijewski, and providing continued support for the legacy he left behind.


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...