Thursday, April 27, 2006

La Crosse Priest Buried in Peru

LURIN, Peru (AP) - Father Joe has come home to the place he picked for his eternal rest - a burial niche on a barren hill, looking down on the orphanage he founded two decades ago.

Joseph Walijewski, a Polish-American, Roman Catholic priest known to all simply as Father Joe, would have been surprised by the turnout for his funeral this month. Two dozen men of the cloth, some from as far away as Wisconsin and including five bishops, led the Mass for him April 18 at the small church in this community outside Lima, packed with hundreds of townspeople who spilled into the street outside.
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Walijewski represented the diocese in La Crosse, Wis., when he arrived in Peru in 1971 after 10 years as a missionary in Bolivia and two in Ecuador. StarTribune

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