On Wednesday the Vatican announced the appointment of two priests from Milwaukee – Fr. Jeffrey R. Haines and Fr. James T. Schuerman – to serve as auxiliary bishops for the archdiocese.
The priests have been appointed titular bishops of Tagamuta and of Girba, according to a Jan. 25 Vatican communique.
With their appointment, the bishop-elects will serve under Archbishop
Jerome E. Listecki, who oversees the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and will
replace Bishop Emeritus Richard J. Sklba, who retired in 2010 after
reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.
In a press release on the appointments, Archbishop Listecki said it
is a “proud moment for the Church in southeastern Wisconsin. By choosing
two of our own priests as our new auxiliary bishops, the Holy Father
has paid a high compliment to all the priests from this archdiocese.”
“In these two humble parish priests, Pope Francis has chosen men with
a pastoral heart who have deep spirituality, and men who have the
confidence of the priests and people of the archdiocese,” he said.
Bishop-elect Haines, 58, has served as rector and pastor of the
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee since 2011. Born in
the same city Oct. 6, 1958, he was ordained a priest May 17, 1985.
He then served at various parishes throughout the archdiocese and was
elected moderator of the Archdiocesan Council of Priests of the
Archdiocese of Milwaukee three times. He is also currently a member of
the College of Consultors.
“I am profoundly humbled by this calling, and keenly aware of my shortcomings,” Haines said in the press release.
He said he finds “strength and inspiration in the powerful presence
and vitality of the Holy Spirit emerging in the implementation of our
recent Archdiocesan Synod. I look forward to assisting Archbishop
Listecki in fulfilling the pastoral priorities of this mission.”
Bishop-elect Schuerman, 58, is Pastor at St. Francis de Sales Parish
in Lake Geneva, and a Supervising Priest of Holy Cross Parish in
Bristol. He was born in Burlington April 5, 1958, and ordained a priest
May 17, 1986.
He received a Master’s of Theology from the University of Innsbruck,
Austria, after which he was selected for missionary service at the
Archdiocesan sister parish, La Sagrada Familia, in the Dominican
Republic. He served at the parish from 1992-1996, before returning to
the U.S. to earn a doctorate in ministry, with a specialization in
Schuerman then served as a spiritual director and faculty member at
Saint Francis de Sales Seminary from 1997-2009, and continues to serve
as an adjunct spiritual director for the seminary.
In addition to his native English, the bishop-elect also speaks German and is highly fluent in Spanish.
“I am deeply humbled by the Holy Father’s invitation to serve the
faithful of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as Auxiliary Bishop,” he said
in the press release, and asked for prayers “as I commit myself to this
role of leadership and service.”
In the statement, Bishop Emeritus Sklba joined Archbishop Listecki
and all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee “in our expression
of great joy as we learn of the Holy Father’s recent appointment.”
“They are both excellent pastors whose new ministry will be for us a
great blessing for many years to come. My prayers are with them both.”