ST. FRANCIS, Wis., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Bishop Jerome E. Listecki of La Crosse, Wis., is the new Roman Catholic archbishop of southeastern Wisconsin, the Vatican said.
The Vatican confirmed Saturday that Listecki, 60, will serve as the new spiritual leader for the nearly 700,000 Catholics living in Southeastern Wisconsin once he is installed in January, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Listecki recognized how difficult it will be for him to live up to the reputation of Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of Milwaukee, who left his post to become the new Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, the newspaper said.
"Pray, please, that God strengthens me to be a good bishop, I mean archbishop, so that I might earn your love and respect," Listecki said Saturday at St. Francis Seminary in St. Francis, Wis.
The Journal Sentinel said Listecki, who has degrees in canon and civil law and moral theology, wants to help expand the church, in part by bringing disaffected Catholics back into the fold.
"I hate to borrow a line from the commercial, but it starts with one investor at a time," he said.