Raphael Michael Fliss

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Most Reverend
Raphael Michael Fliss
Bishop of Superior
Church Catholic Church
Diocese Diocese of Superior
Appointed December 20, 1979
In office June 27, 1985—June 28, 2007
Predecessor George Albert Hammes
Successor Peter F. Christensen
Ordination May 26, 1956
Consecration December 20, 1979
by Bishop George Albert Hammes
Personal details
Born (1930-10-25)October 25, 1930
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died September 21, 2015(2015-09-21) (aged 84)
Nationality American
Denomination Catholic Church
Parents Paul P. and Valeria (Kosobucki) Fliss
Occupation Catholic Bishop Emeritus
Previous post Rector St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee
Alma mater Catholic University of America, Lateran University

Raphael Michael Gabriel Fliss (October 25, 1930 – September 21, 2015) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Superior, in Superior, Wisconsin from 1985 to 2007.


Bishop Fliss was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 25, 1930. He received his licentiate in theology at Catholic University of America. He was ordained May 26, 1956 and served as a priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He received his doctorate from Lateran University in Rome in 1965.

He became Coadjutor Bishop of Superior on November 6, 1979, and was consecrated on December 20, 1979.[1] On June 27, 1985 he became Bishop of Superior, appointed by Pope John Paul II.[2]

On June 28, 2007 Bishop Fliss retired.[3] He died on September 21, 2015.[4]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop Emeritus of Superior
Succeeded by
Preceded by
George Albert Hammes
Bishop of Superior
Succeeded by
Peter F. Christensen