Prairie du Chien Mass to launch series of events marking La Crosse Diocese's 150th

The Diocese of La Crosse will launch a series of sesquicentennial celebrations Saturday at St. Gabriel Church at 506 N. Beaumont Road in Prairie du Chien.

Bishop William Callahan, the diocese’s 10th bishop, will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. to commemorate the founding on March 3, 1868, with a reception following.

St. Gabriel, the oldest active church in the diocese, at one time was in the running to become the cathedral church for what now is a 19-county diocese.

The Vatican ultimately chose La Crosse to be the see city for the diocese.

Noting that “150 years cover a lot of history and so much evangelization — telling the good news,” Callahan said, adding, “We’ve done that very well during our first 150 years, and we should all share a bit of the glory that comes with it.”

The Mass will be live-streamed on the diocese’s website.
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