Priestly Zeal and Heroic Virtue

Priestly Zeal and Heroic Virtue

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Servant of God, Father Joseph Walijewski – Father Joe, Padre Jose, or Joe the Pole, as Richard Cardinal Cushing dubbed him in the ‘60s – is a hero of faith for our generation. Ordained in 1950 in La Crosse, Father Joe served as a parish priest in the Polish-speaking parishes around Stevens Point. As a missionary for the Diocese of La Crosse, he fed the poor, sheltered the homeless, and ministered to the faithful who were among the most impoverished people of South America.

He passed into God’s hands days after Palm Sunday in 2006. His earthly remains rest on a hillside overlooking Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II,
the orphanage outside of Lima, Peru, which he founded with the blessings and support of Blessed John Paul II. During a visit to Father Joe’s tomb in 2011, Bishop William P. Callahan was impressed and inspired by the love and devotion of the people most touched by this humble priest’s dedication. It was this heroic virtue that led Bishop Callahan to take the steps necessary to open Father Joe’s Cause for Canonization.


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9th Anniversary Mass – Servant of God Father Joseph Walijewski

Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 10:30 AM – 12 PM

Honoring the Servant of God, Father Joseph Walijewski, on the occasion of the 9th anniversary of the opening of his Cause of Canonization. The Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.  If you are unable to attend the Mass, it will be available live at https://diolc.org/live.

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Father  Joseph Walijewski founded Casa Hogar 35 years ago. His legacy, impact and mission spirit live on today. His Cause for Canonization is open in Rome and The Father Joseph Walijewski Legacy Guild works to continue to build missionary works around the world in his honor,  increase awareness, prayer and work in parish life, evangelization and catholic education. Learn about Padre Jose and how he lives among us today!

 

"Then I will not have lived in vain, and I'll not care how long I'll live, if I can give and give and give."

— Fr. Walijewski