From a reader:
I came across your blog online and was wondering if you could give me some feedback on Catholic parishes in Wisconsin.It's been a while since I posted one of these emails. I get them a lot and I'm happy to help. For Wisconsin I generally recommend the Madison area. Bishop Morlino is setting up a stable and vibrant Catholic area for years to come. The curia there seems on board with permitting(dare I say encouraging) parishes to establish and maintain a solid Catholic identity and liturgy and not allowing Father Hatchet to come in and tear down the house after Father EnFuego has moved on.
I am considering moving to Wisconsin. I have some flexibility in location choice. It looks like north/west of Madison may be a good choice in terms of TLM and/or ad orientem Novus Ordo. Ideally, the parish community is local and not transient. Thoughts/suggestions?
There is the Cathedral parish herself in Madison which features both forms, and also parishes like Fr. Rick's in nearby Pine Bluff that have ad orientem liturgy and very strong music programs. St Ambrose Academy is a fantastic school in the classical model. Also there is the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest (different from ICKSP) who serve right in the area mentioned north/west of Madison. I would likely be at the Cathedral parish were I in that area(please don't throw things at me Pine Bluff) but there's lots of good options. *The previous statement is now in dubium, certainly St. Mary's Pine Bluff in that case.
But always keep in mind that no area is perfect. I've talked to many people who move to an area and are expecting heaven on earth. It exists only in our tabernacles. With that said, look for a place that is in line with what you hold dear and be ready to contribute as well. The grass is only greener here nine months out of the year.
I would also say that any of the Institute of Christ the King oratories would obviously be solid. I find that most Latin Mass apostolates generally have large homeschooling groups. Although we personally do not homeschool that option is much more doable with a solid support group. In Milwaukee and Green Bay there are also solid schools in the area as well.
Things to like about Milwaukee - St. Stanislaus, The most beautiful church in the state, St. Anthony's parish and school, Trinity Academy in Pewaukee, Holy Hill, Men of Christ, Brewers
Things to like about Green Bay/Fox Valley - The school system has begun to take a very pro-classical approach, the Cathedral, ICKSP (and to my knowledge not a whole lot liturgically outside of those two), Holy Resurrection Monestary, Esto Vir, OLO Good Help Shrine, not to mention the other Mecca.
On this side of the state there's not a whole lot to mention. North of the Duffy line even less. Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse worth a visit.
Obviously I have to give a very general take here but I hope that sums it up a bit. Readers feel free to chime in with constructive feedback.