Spiritual seekers

Neal-ParentSeminar to explore ways to engage more parents and young adults in parish

GREEN BAY, Wis. (April 4, 2011) -- Ways to engage more parents and young adults in parish life, including strategies for reversing the declining attendance at Mass and parish events, will be discussed April 28, 2011, at a statewide leadership day at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.
Parish Pastoral Congress

Expert on servant leadership models for parishes to speak to parish leaders

Dr. Dan R. EbenerPastoral-Council-CongressGREEN BAY, Wis. (March 28, 2011) -- Dr. Dan R. Ebener, author of "Servant Leadershop Models for Your Parish," will speak to pastors/parish directors and parish leaders at the Parish Pastoral Congress, Saturday, April 2, at Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, Green Bay. Conference hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The day will include a talk on "The Pastoral Council and the Diocesan Visioning Process" by Mark Mogilka, Diocesan Director of Stewardship and Pastoral Services, and afternoon workshops.
Special collection

Catholics asked to support church relief efforts for Japan quake, tsunami victims

CRS-logoGREEN BAY (March 22, 2011) -- Bishop David Ricken is encouraging all parishes to take up a special collection for the people of Japan any weekend during Lent. Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. Bishops’ overseas aid agency, said relief efforts to Japan will be ongoing as it works with Caritas International and others to assist people in northern Japan devastated by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
Rural Life Day

Rural-Life-DayAnnual celebration of agriculture will include Mass, meal, seed blessing

GREEN BAY, Wis. (March 16, 2011) -- The rural community in Northeastern Wisconsin will celebrate its two annual Rural Life Day events March 24 and March 31, beginning with Mass at 10:30 a.m. both days, followed by dinner at 11:45 a.m.

Rite of Election

Rite-of-ElectionBishop receives 230 preparing to enter Catholic Church at Easter

Some 230 Northeastern Wisconsin people preparing to enter the Catholic Church at Easter gathered for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion March 13 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in De Pere. Parishes presented their catechumens and candidates, who are beginning their final period of preparation for the sacraments of initiation, to Bishop David Ricken. Read the story in The Compass. See more Compass photos by Sam Lucero

Judge rules for Diocese

Motion to prevent document destruction denied in Merryfield civil suit

GREEN BAY, Wis. (March 3, 2011) -- Judge Nancy Krueger today denied the "Motion to Prevent Document Destruction" that was filed on November 15, 2010, in Outagamie Circuit Court by attorneys for Troy and Todd Merryfield.

Attorneys for the Diocese of Green Bay filed a brief in opposition to the plaintiffs’ motion on November 23, 2010.
Workers' rights

Green Bay Bishop David Ricken affirms statement of Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki

listeckibishop_rickenGREEN BAY, Wis. (Feb. 18, 2011) – In response to inquiries, Bishop David Ricken said he is in full agreement with Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki's "Statement Regarding the Rights of Workers and the Value of Unions," released on February 16, 2011.

"I am in full agreement and accord with Archbishop Listecki's recent statement which he released on behalf of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, of which I am a member. His statement was prepared and released with my full knowledge and consent, as well as that of the other bishops in the State of Wisconsin."
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