Listecki takes over Milwaukee archdiocese

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Posted: Jan 04, 2010 8:54 PM

Jerome Listecki has been installed as the Archbishop of Milwaukee.

In his homily Monday, the 60-year-old Listecki emphasized his friendship with his predecessor, Timothy Dolan _ and his fears he won't be able to fill his shoes.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee in southeastern Wisconsin has 675,000 parishioners and 211 churches. Listecki came from the La Crosse diocese in the state's west, with 202,000 parishioners, where he had served since 2005.

Listecki once admonished House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her interpretation of Catholic teachings on the beginnings of life. On Monday he insisted he's not a political bishop.

The Chicago native is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Dolan became the archbishop of New York on April 15.