Catholic Charities honored

Agency recognized for work in reducing poverty through Financial Health Program

ccnewlogo20090827Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay received a Centennial award from Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) for its work in reducing poverty through the Financial Health Program.

The award, in the form of a grant, recognized programs that help move people out of poverty. CCUSA’s goal is to reduce poverty 50 percent by 2020.
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Lifest 2011

Lifest-logo_2011Bishop Ricken celebrates Mass at Lifest Christian music festival

Bishop David Ricken was the principal celebrant at a Mass at Lifest at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 10, on the Café Stage at the Sunnyview Expo fairgrounds in Oshkosh.

Catholic presence grows at Lifest: Sunday Mass with Bishop Ricken attended by about 800 people
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A Call to Holiness

Bishop Ricken to host Pentecost day of renewal May 22 at Cathedral

Martin-Ralph"A Call to Holiness: Pentecost Day of Renewal" will be conducted Saturday, May 22, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. Bishop David L. Ricken will host the Diocesan-wide day of renewal, which will include Mass, praise, talks, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, prayer and Reconciliation.

Presenter will be Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization.

Read Compass story about the event (Day of Renewal draws hundreds to cathedral)
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Marriage, Divorce, and Annulments

Informal informational meetings scheduled in Northeastern Wisconsin parishes

Get answers to questions on what the Catholic Church teaches about Marriage, Divorce, and Annulments at free, informal evening sessions scheduled in April, May, and June at seven parishes in Northeastern Wisconsin.
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Bishop Ricken meets JOSHUA, ESTHER Catholic core members

Bishop commends good work, urges ecumenical involvement, expresses concerns

bishop_rickenBishop David L. Ricken on March 24 met with about 60 Catholic core team members of JOSHUA and ESTHER.

Bishop Ricken commended the good works of both groups, particularly in the areas of advocating for the homeless and for immigrants. He also encouraged Catholic attendees to continue collaborating with people of other faiths on matters of common interest.

In a 45-minute presentation, Bishop Ricken and other diocesan leaders talked about the importance and the benefits of interfaith collaboration. Specifically, Bishop Ricken stated his hope that Catholics will continue to partner with members of JOSHUA and ESTHER.
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Bishop calls meeting with JOSHUA, ESTHER

Local organizations' good works praised; concerns remain with national foundation

Last Fall, Bishop David L. Ricken became aware of some inconsistencies between the principles of the Gamaliel Foundation and the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Gamaliel Foundation’s affiliate organization in Wisconsin is WISDOM; two local affiliates of WISDOM are JOSHUA in Green Bay and ESTHER in the Fox Cities. About 18 Catholic parishes belong to either JOSHUA or ESTHER.

On Feb. 19, Bishop Ricken sent a letter inviting Catholic leaders of JOSHUA and ESTHER to meet with him, in person, to affirm the good works of JOSHUA and ESTHER and to discuss the situation. His letter is as follows.
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Welcome to Catholics Come Home

¡Bienvenidos a Católicos Regresen en Espanol!

Church invites inactive and others to consider "coming home" 


CCHwebWelcome Home! We've missed you.

That's the greeting Bishop David Ricken and other Catholics in Northeastern Wisconsin are extending to inactive Catholics and others ready for a faith community.

Television and radio commercials, an informational Web site and parishes across the Diocese of Green Bay are working together to extend this invitation.
 

Bishop Ricken Welcomes Catholics Home

Click Here to start Bishop Ricken's Welcome Message video
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