Pope Benedict XVI announced Saturday that Bishop Jerome Listecki, a Chicago native serving as bishop of the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wis., for the last four years, will lead the 210 parishes in the 10-county Milwaukee region. He's known of the Vatican's decision for a couple of weeks, WISN-TV reported.
Listecki replaces Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who left Milwaukee seven months ago for New York.
The 60-year-old will be installed as Milwaukee's archbishop in early January by Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi.
"I pray that God gives me the strength to be a good Archbishop that I might earn your love and respect," he said Saturday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.