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Bishop Ricken will Ordain Two Candidates to the Priesthood

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (June 16, 2016) -- Bishop David L. Ricken of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay will ordain Deacon Michael Thiel and Deacon Scott Valentyn to the priesthood at a 10 a.m. Rite of Ordination on Saturday, June 25, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay. These ordinations are an opportunity to highlight the calling to the celibate life, which these men have freely chosen.

Deacon Michael Thiel

Rev. Mr. Michael ThielDeacon Michael Thiel grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Michael graduated in 2008 from Oshkosh West High School, where he was active in Life Teen, student government, band, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He also helped integrate technology into the life of his home parish, St. Raphael the Archangel in Oshkosh. After high school, Michael attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before transferring to Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri. After graduating from Conception, he attended St. Francis de Sales Seminary in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, earning a Master of Divinity degree. Seminary studies included Spanish immersion, hospital chaplaincy, and parish internship experiences. He was ordained to the diaconate in June 2015. Bishop Ricken plans to assign him to serve at the Quad Parishes -- St. Patrick, St. Jude, St. Mary of the Annunciation, and St. Joseph -- in Green Bay.

Deacon Scott Valentyn

Rev Mr. Scott ValentynDeacon Scott Valentyn spent his entire childhood in Little Chute, Wisconsin. He graduated in 2007 from Little Chute High School where he lived an active life and played numerous sports. While attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison he had a significant conversion to Jesus Christ influenced by involvement in St. Paul University Catholic Center at Madison, Catholic Youth Expeditions, and a youth leadership retreat in Colorado. In 2009, Scott entered St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Upon graduation, Bishop Ricken sent him to Rome, Italy, to study at the Pontifical North American College. While in Rome, Scott earned a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology at the Gregorian University. He was ordained to the diaconate in September 2015. Bishop Ricken plans to assign him to serve at St. John the Baptist Parish in Howard, Wisconsin, and minister to students at UWGB.

A priest's main ministry is to act in the person of Christ particularly in the area of shepherding the faithful and celebrating Mass and the sacraments. The educational and spiritual development of priest candidates is possible, in part, through the Seminarian Collection, a special annual fundraising endeavor for the education and formation of local men who are in seminary. For more information about priesthood, visit


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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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