Twelve men have served as Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay since its creation in 1868. When the Diocese was founded there were a handful of parishes and priests serving 40,000 Catholics. Today, more than 150 parishes serve some 350,000 Catholics. In addition, there are more than 60 elementary and high schools, two Catholic colleges and 10 Catholic hospitals.
Here are some of the accomplishment of these bishops:
Began initiative for Vocations, which increased from 9 in 2003 to 17 in 2006;
Started initiatives for Spirituality and Evangelization, which were strengthened by creating new Evangelization and Worship Department
Created initiative for Safe Environments, which continues to be aggressively monitored by conducting background checks and requiring safe environment training for all paid staff and volunteers at all parishes, schools and diocesan facilities. Additionally, the Diocese continues to be in full compliance with the national standards and has passed every national audit.
Initiated a three-year stewardship campaign, "Advancing the Mission," to strengthen vibrant parish ministries, leadership development, evangelization, life-long catechesis, and priestly retirement care.
Launched vocation initiative with appointment of Fr. Quinn Mann as assistant vocation director for the diocese and developing plans for St. Joseph Formation Center in Baileys Harbor. The Diocese has 26 seminarians for 2014-2015.
Issued on December 8, 2010, the "Decree on the Authenticity of the Apparitions of 1859 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help™" in Champion, Wisconsin, to Adele Brise. Bishop Ricken is the first and only diocesan bishop in the United States to officially approve a Marian apparition.
Issued three pastoral letters, including his most recent, "Parishes: Call to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive," on June 12, 2011.
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