On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Pope Francis named two Milwaukee archdiocesan priests as auxiliary bishops for the archdiocese – Fr. Jeffrey Haines and Fr. James Schuerman.
Bishop-elect Jeffrey Haines, 58, a native of Milwaukee, was ordained in 1985 after completing studies for his master of divinity degree at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in St. Francis, Wis. He also studied canon law at the Catholic University of America in 2002. After ordination he served in a variety of pastoral assignments and currently is Pastor/Rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. According to a news release form the archdiocese, Bishop- elect Haines was elected three times as moderator of the Council of Priests. Currently he serves as member of the College of Consultors.
Bishop-elect James Schuerman, 58, a native of Burlington, Wis. was ordained in 1986. He attended St. Francis de Sales Seminary where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He earned a master degree in theology from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where he also continued his seminary studies at the Collegium Canisianum, Austria. He also holds a doctorate in ministry from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, 1996.
From 1992-1996 was selected for missionary service at the archdiocesan sister parish, La Sagrada Familia in he Dominican Republic. He speaks German and is fluent in Spanish.
Like Bishop-elect Haines, he served in a variety of pastoral assignments and is currently pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church in Lake Geneva, Wis. Bishop-elect Schuerman also serves as adjunct spiritual director for St. Francis de Sales Seminary.
As of this writing, no date was announced for the bishops’-elect episcopal ordinations.
For the Communication from Archdiocese of Milwaukee, click here.
For the USCCB News Release (Jan. 25, 2017), click here.