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La Crosse Diocese wraps up 150th birthday Sunday

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La Crosse area Catholics have been celebrating a big anniversary all year, marking 150 years since the local diocese was founded.

Catholic churches throughout western Wisconsin have been organized in a diocese since shortly after the Civil War.

That anniversary comes to a close Sunday with a special mass at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, followed by a reception at the La Crosse Center.

Brian Logue is the chief of staff for Bishop William Callahan, who has gone throughout the large diocese all year to help local churches celebrate.

“So we’ve had an opportunity to go all over the diocese celebrating and now we’re wrapping up here at La Crosse, the cathedral, which is, of course, the mother church of the diocese,” Logue said.

Logue said the church looks for ways to serve its members for the next 150 years.

“Constantly adapting to the reality of our culture and the society that we live in,” he said. “So, the idea is how do we embrace where we’ve been and look forward to carrying that gospel forward?”

A live stream of the 10:30 a.m. mass Sunday will be available from the diocese website here.

The diocese also had an anniversary mass earlier this year at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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