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."
Pastoral Statement

Bishop Ricken creating Commission on Living Justice; resuming CCHD Collection

bishop_rickenGREEN BAY, Wis. (Feb. 16, 2011) – Bishop David Ricken met today with representatives from groups active in social justice issues throughout the Diocese of Green Bay and announced the creation of a new initiative, the Commission on Living Justice, which is charged with taking a leading role in the catechesis, planning, and implementation of Catholic Social Teaching in the Diocese. The bishop explained his actions and reasons in his Pastoral Statement on Living Justice in the Diocese of Green Bay pdf_button also released today.
Longing for the Holy

Small Lenten faith-sharing groups across Diocese will explore mysteries of faith

Longing-for-HolySmall groups in about 50 parishes in the Diocese of Green Bay will take part in "Longing for the Holy," a five-week Lenten faith-sharing program produced by Renew International. Participants in "Longing for the Holy" will explore the central mysteries of Catholicism -- the Incarnation, the Eucharist, and the Paschal Mystery.
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