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“The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed ‘the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,’ the Church ‘cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.’”

— Pope Francis, Evangelii gaudium #183

The Catholic Presence in Wisconsin

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Million Catholics in 5 Diocese
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  • Catholic churches and agencies across the state spend tens of millions of dollars annually to provide food, clothing, shelter, day care, elder care, adoption services, and pregnancy, family and personal counseling to persons of all races and religions

  • 1821 Priests and Deacons

  • 2184 Religious Sisters and Brothers

  • 292 Catholic elementary, middle and high schools annually educate approximately 58,712 students

  • 5 Catholic publications with a combined regular circulation of more than 80,000

  • Officiating at over 3,587 marriage ceremonies annually (Over 13% of all Wisconsin marriages)

  • 9 Catholic colleges and universities, enrolling 27,328 students of all ages, races, and religions annually

  • Over 40 Catholic hospitals serving patients from around the world, as well as numerous clinics and long-term care facilities

  • Maintaining more than 600 Catholic cemeteries

RESOURCES AND GUIDES

The Wisconsin Catholic Conference is the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Wisconsin. The WCC offers decision makers studied positions on legislation and other matters related to the interests and teachings of the Catholic Church. Through policy statements, testimony, and other resources, the WCC informs Catholics statewide and serves to promote dignity, preserve justice, and advance the common good.

The WCC offers many public policy and parish resources. Listed here are the most commonly requested items.

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