La Crosse Bishop William Callahan will ordain four men to the priesthood at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral at 530 Main St.

The ordinands will be deacons:

  • Billy Dodge of Big River, Wis., the son of Randy and Mary Dodge of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Big River, near River Falls.
  • Mark Miller, son of Michael and Cherie Miller of St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish in southeastern Eau Claire County.
  • Charles Richmond, son of Paul and Joan Richmond of St. James Parish in Vesper, Wis.
  • Daniel Thelen, son of Lawrence and Bonna Thelen of Clear Lake in Polk County, Wis.

Dodge, who completed his theological studies and formation at St. Paul (Minn.) Seminary, will be associate pastor of Blessed Sacrament and Roncalli Newman parishes in La Crosse.

Miller, whose theological studies and formation were at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein (Ill.) Seminary, will be associate pastor of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish in Wisconsin Rapids and chaplain at Assumption Middle School and Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids.

Richmond, who completed studies at St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein, also studied at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, Minn. He will be associate pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Chippewa Falls and St. Peter Parish in Tilden, and chaplain at Notre Dame Middle School and McDonell Central Catholic High School in Chippewa Falls.

Thelen, who completed his studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas/The Pontifical North American College in Rome, will be associate pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish and St. Matthew Parish, both in Wausau.

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