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Establishment of the Diocese of Superior



On May 3, 1905 Pope St. Pius X formed the Diocese of Superior from the northwest section of the La Crosse Diocese (the 16 northwest counties of Wisconsin). Its first Bishop was Augustine Francis Schinner. “The announcement that the bishop will reside in Superior and that the diocese will be known as the Superior diocese will be quite satisfactory to north Wisconsin Catholics,” the Superior Telegram reported April 19, 1905. “Catholics in this section of the country will be nearer to the head of the see (city) and a number of advantages will accrue to the north Wisconsin Catholic population as a result.”

Bishop Schinner left Superior on Jan. 15, 1913 when he was appointed the first Bishop of Spokane, WA. On April 6, of that same year Pope Pius X appointed the auxiliary bishop of Cleveland, Joseph Maria Koudelka, Bishop of the Diocese of Superior. He would remain as Bishop of the Diocese of Superior until his death on June 24, 1921.


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