Alphonse James Schladweiler
Early life and education
Alphonse Schladweiler was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the third child of Mathias and Gertrude (née Schneider) Schladweiler. Following his mother's death in 1911, he and his family moved to Madison, Minnesota. He attended the parochial school of St. Michael's Church, where he served as an altar boy. He studied at the Franciscan Minor Seminary in Teutopolis, Illinois, for six years before teaching Latin at St. Michael's High School. In 1923, he enrolled at St. Paul Seminary.
Schladweiler was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Austin Dowling on June 9, 1927. His first assignment was as a curate at the Church of the Nativity in St. Paul, and he later served at Holy Trinity Church in New Ulm, St. Michael's Church in St. Michael, and St. Bernard's Church in Cologne. He also served as chaplain of St. Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis.
Schladweiler received his first pastorate at St. Joseph's Church in Montevideo. He later served as pastor of St. Michael's Church in Morgan and of Holy Rosary Church in North Mankato. In December 1955, he was appointed pastor of St. Agnes Church in St. Paul. In addition to his pastoral duties, he served as prosynodal judge for the Archdiocese of St. Paul from 1954 to 1957. He was raised to the rank of domestic prelate in 1957.
On November 28, 1957, Schaldweiler was appointed the first Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of New Ulm by Pope Pius XII. He received his episcopal consecration on January 29, 1958 from Archbishop William O. Brady, with Bishops James Joseph Byrne and Hilary Baumann Hacker serving as co-consecrators, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. His installation took place at Holy Trinity Church on January 30, 1958.
Between 1962 and 1965, Schaldweiler participated in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council in Rome. Following the conclusion of the Council, he worked to implement its reforms, including introducing English into the Mass. During his 18-year tenure, he ordained 64 priests and organized St. Isadore Church in Clarkfield (1960) and Lady of the Lakes Church in Spicer (1962). In 1972, he founded a diocesan newspaper, Newsletter, and the Diocesan Pastoral Council. He also established a mission in Guatemala, assuming responsibility for staffing a parish in San Lucas Tolimán.
Later life and death
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