Transition in Leadership: Bishop Callahan Resigns, Bishop Battersby Appointed

03/25/2024 12:16 pm

After 14 years of dedicated service, Bishop William P. Callahan, 73, has submitted his resignation from the Diocese of La Crosse, due to health reasons. Pope Francis has accepted his resignation, and Cardinal Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment of Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Gerard W. Battersby as his successor. 

Bishop Battersby, a Detroit native ordained to the episcopate in 2017, is set to be formally installed as the 11th bishop of La Crosse on May 20 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman. 

In his statement, Bishop Callahan expressed gratitude for the privilege of serving as the shepherd of La Crosse and expressed his eagerness to continue serving alongside Bishop Battersby and the vibrant spiritual community of the diocese.

They make mention of “significant places” in the diocese, including FSPA’s St. Rose Convent.

Read more at National Catholic Reporter.

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