Press Release

Diocese to Celebrate Respect Life Mass, Sponsor Essay and Poster Contests

Diocese of Green Bay LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (March 20, 2017) -- Bishop Ricken will celebrate the annual Respect Life Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. There will also be a Rosary at 9:30 a.m. The trilingual Mass (English, Spanish, Deaf/Hard of Hearing) observes The Feast of the Annunciation. This Holy Day celebrates Mary saying "Yes" to life by accepting God's will of conceiving Jesus in her womb. It is also the International Day of the Unborn Child.

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"One of the priorities for the church is the great need to realize the value and the dignity of all human life from the first moment of conception to its natural end," said Bishop David L. Ricken.

Respect Life Essay and Poster Contests

In addition, the Living Justice Department for the Diocese of Green Bay will begin accepting submissions on March 25, 2017, for the annual Respect Life essay and poster contests. The poster contest entry categories include: Grades 1-2; Grades 3-4. The essay contest entry categories include: Grades 5-6; Grades 7-8. Submissions are due by April 25, 2017.

Theme -- Moved By Mercy: Reflect on how YOU personally are moved by mercy to help someone (or a group of people). How do YOU say "yes" to life by inviting Jesus into your heart and sharing His mercy with others?

1st Prize in each grade division is $75, 2nd Prize is $50, and 3rd Prize is $25 to any Catholic bookstore of your choice within the Diocese of Green Bay.

Seeing Faith in Action

"I really like the Respect Life Essay Contest. It encourages students to think outside the box and come up with ways they see their faith in action and ways they can put their faith in action," said Mary Benthein, an 8th grade teacher at St. Francis Xavier Middle School in Appleton. "I like that the theme is different each year and it is not super specific. The students can go in many different directions writing their essay."

For complete details, essay and poster guidelines, entry form, and submission information, please visit: Funds made available by the Monica Meyer Respect Life Fund through the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Green Bay.


Who We Are

As friends and followers of Jesus, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is devoted to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. We are missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God. 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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