LA CROSSE, Wis. -

A mass will be held on Wednesday, May 1, for the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Father Joseph Walijewski, a former priest of the Diocese of La Crosse.

The solemn mass, which begins at 12:10 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, is the next step in the long process to consider Father Joe for sainthood. The announcement and swearing in of the Tribunal, whose purpose is to conduct the investigation, will be part of the mass.

Father Joe started his work in 1950 at several parishes within the diocese and later started a number of mission churches in South America.

For more information on Father Joe's work, you can visit the Diocese of La Crosse's website.