John Joseph Paul
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Religious style||Your Excellency|
|Posthumous style||not applicable|
Ordination and ministry
Paul was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on January 24, 1943 by Auxiliary Bishop William Richard Griffin at St. Rose of Viterbo Convent in La Crosse, which is the motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. While stationed in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Paul help established Regis High School.
In 1955, Paul became rector of Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse. On October 7, 1956, Pope Pius XII made Paul a monsignor. In 1956, he received a master's degree in education from Marquette University. In 1966, Paul became rector of the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman in La Crosse.
Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin
On October 14, 1983, Paul was appointed diocesan bishop, succeeding Frederick William Freking, and on December 5, 1983, he was installed as bishop. In 1986, Paul convened the fourth diocesan synod following the revised Canon Law of 1983; in 1987, the decrees of the fourth diocesan synod were published as: The Bishop With His People. In 1992, Paul founded the Aquinas Middle School.
- "Regis Granted Steel for New High School". The Daily Telegram. January 31, 1953. p. 3. Retrieved June 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Outpouring of Affection Flows to New Bishop Paul". The La Crosse Tribune. August 5, 1977. p. 1. Retrieved June 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- The Bishop With His People: Fourth Synod of the Diocese of La Crosse.
- Landers, Ann. 'A Life In Letters: Ann Landers' letters to her only child, New York: Warner Brothers, 2003. (Landers refers to Paul, when both were living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.)
- Regis High School, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- Loras College Athletic Hall of Fame
- Bishop John Paul Memorial - Diocese of La Crosse
- Bishop John Joseph Paul, Catholic Hierarchy website
- Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse
|Catholic Church titles|
Frederick William Freking
| Bishop of La Crosse
Raymond Leo Burke
| Auxiliary Bishop of La Crosse