“Bishop Jerome Listecki will bring a strong intellectual, academic and pastoral background to his new appointment as Archbishop of Milwaukee. He is well loved and respected by the priests and the people of La Crosse as well as the Archdiocese of Chicago and in particular at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary where he taught for many years. I know he will follow in the footsteps of Archbishop Timothy Dolan and work well and will be an excellent collaborator with the other bishops of Wisconsin.”

— Bishop David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay

“Archbishop Listecki and I have known each other since I was appointed bishop in 1999. His upbeat style and sense of humor make him a natural friend. Since his arrival in La Crosse, his strong competence in civil law, canon law, and moral theology have served us very well in all the dioceses of Wisconsin, through the Wisconsin Catholic Conference and our ecclesiastical provincial meetings. As we go forward, we all will come more to know and respect Archbishop Listecki’s pastoral vision. On behalf of all of us in south-central Wisconsin, I promise him our prayers and loyal collaboration as be becomes the Archbishop of Milwaukee.”

— Bishop Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison

“We hope and pray that our partnership with Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, begun under the inspiring leadership of Archbishop Dolan will continue to flourish under (his) leadership and guidance. On a personal note, I may have known (him) while (he was) a seminarian at Mundelein, when I taught a course in social justice as a young professor of moral theology. I’m looking forward to getting to know (him) in the course of the New Year. The New Year promises us great hope as (he begins his) ministry as archbishop here in the archdiocese … new hope, new respect and great trust in the future.”

— Sacred Heart Fr. Jan de Jong, president/rector of the Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners

“We rejoice with all the people of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee with the appointment of a new archbishop, Jerome Listecki. His professional and religious preparation as the metropolitan archbishop is well known. From his days as a professor of moral theology at Mundelein Seminary, where he taught many of our priests of the Diocese of Madison, to his great shepherding ways with the priests, religious, deacons, and people of La Crosse, he has always been simply himself. I offer my sincere congratulations, prayers, and pledge of cooperation to him. We join the priests and people of the La Crosse Diocese in prayer as they await the appointment of a new bishop of La Crosse.”

— Bishop William H. Bullock, bishop emeritus Diocese of Madison

“God has amply blessed the Archdiocese of Milwaukee since its founding in 1843. The Diocese of La Crosse was established already in 1868. This growth of the church has preceded and paralleled the development of the State of Wisconsin itself. Through the infinite plan and grace of God, Wisconsin once again has a new chief shepherd who worthily leads all God’s people to our destiny.”

— Bishop George O. Wirz, retired auxiliary bishop, Diocese of Madison