|The Most Reverend
|Bishop of La Crosse|
|Installed||February 25, 1892|
|Term ended||June 6, 1921|
|Predecessor||Kilian Caspar Flasch|
|Successor||Alexander Joseph McGavick|
|Ordination||June 16, 1870|
|Consecration||February 25, 1892|
August 15, 1847|
Platen, Préizerdaul, Luxembourg
|Died||June 6, 1921
La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
James Schwebach was born at Platen, in the Préizerdaul commune of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, to Nicholas Joseph and Margaret (née Busch) Schwebach. He received his early education from private tutors, and afterwards studied at the college of Diekirch for two years. In 1864, he immigrated to the United States, where he entered St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He there completed his studies in philosophy and theology in five years.
At age 21, being too young for ordination to the priesthood, Schwebach was called to La Crosse and was there ordained a deacon Bishop Michael Heiss on July 24, 1869. He then served at St. Mary's Church in La Crosse, where he preached in English, French, and German and taught at the parochial school. He was eventually ordained a priest by Bishop Thomas Grace on June 16, 1870. He then served as pastor of St. Mary's for 22 years, during which time he erected a new church, school, and rectory. He also built St. James the Less Church in 1887. In addition to his pastoral duties, he served as vicar general of the Diocese of La Crosse from 1882 to 1892.
On December 14, 1891, Schwebach was appointed the third Bishop of La Crosse by Pope Leo XIII. He received his episcopal consecration on February 25, 1892 from Archbishop Frederick Katzer, with Bishops John Janssen and Joseph Cotter serving as co-consecrators. During his 29-year tenure, he became known as a builder and founded St. Michael's Home for orphans.
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|Catholic Church titles|
Kilan Caspar Flasch
|Bishop of La Crosse
Alexander Joseph McGavick