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Bishop Ricken to Host Prayer Service for Healing at Two Diocesan Locations

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (April 5, 2016) -- Bishop David Ricken will preside at two "Prayer Services for Healing" for all those in need of healing from the Church, especially people affected by sexual abuse.

The "Prayer Services for Healing" will take place Tuesday, April 12, at St. Peter the Fisherman in Two Rivers and Wednesday, April 13, at Our Lady of Lourdes in De Pere. Both services begin at 6:30 p.m.


St. Peter the Fisherman in Two Rivers

3201 Mishicot Road
Two Rivers WI 54241

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Our Lady of Lourdes in De Pere

1305 Lourdes Avenue
De Pere WI 54115

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Recognizing Reality of Pain and Hurt

"During this Year of Mercy, we recognize the reality of so much pain and hurt, some of it caused by ourselves and others in the Church. This is an opportunity to pray for and seek God's healing," said Fr. Tom Long, vicar for ministers for the Diocese of Green Bay.

"This is a way for us to say to the Lord and to you that we acknowledge the hurt that might have been caused. We know that this is a terrible affliction that some people live with and struggle with every day, especially people who were harmed as children. I hope and pray that this time is the beginning of deeper and deeper healing for you," said Bishop David L. Ricken, Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

"We are very blessed in our diocese that Bishop Ricken is so pastoral and wants people to come forward," said Jayne Stefanic, diocesan assistance coordinator and safe environment department director. "He wants them to tell us if they were abused. He wants to help as many people as possible on their journey of healing."

Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month

The healing services are held during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, said Stefanic. She said it is important for the church to acknowledge and raise awareness of sexual abuse because it continues to be a problem in society. "In this Year of Mercy, designated by Pope Francis, there is not a more opportune time to be agents of Mercy, and to come together and pray for those who have been hurt, and for all of us as Church in need of healing."

These healing prayer services are intended for all those in need of healing from the Church and for others to come together as Church to pray for those in need of healing. Victims/survivors are helping to organize and run the services.


Who We Are

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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