John Joseph Paul

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John Joseph Paul (August 17, 1918 – March 5, 2006) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Auxiliary Bishop and Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin.


Early years[edit]

Paul was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He graduated from Aquinas High School in 1935 and from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in 1939.

Ordination and ministry[edit]

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.[1]

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[edit]

Paul was appointed auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of La Crosse on May 17, 1977, and was consecrated on August 4, 1977.[2]

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.[3] In 1992, Paul founded the Aquinas Middle School.

On December 10, 1994, Paul retired and was succeeded as bishop by Raymond Leo Burke. Paul died at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center in La Crosse at the age of 87.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Regis Granted Steel for New High School". The Daily Telegram. January 31, 1953. p. 3. Retrieved June 22, 2016 – via open access
  2. ^ "Outpouring of Affection Flows to New Bishop Paul". The La Crosse Tribune. August 5, 1977. p. 1. Retrieved June 21, 2016 – via open access
  3. ^ The Bishop With His People: Fourth Synod of the Diocese of La Crosse.
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Further reading[edit]

  • 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.)

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Frederick William Freking
Bishop of La Crosse
Succeeded by
Raymond Leo Burke
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of La Crosse
Succeeded by