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July 10, 2019 | Diocese shares Lifest lineup, hosts booth and campsite

July 10, 2019 | Diocese shares Lifest lineup, hosts booth and campsite

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (July 10, 2019) – The Diocese of Green Bay will once again attend Lifest, the four-day Christian music festival at Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh. The festival is July 11–14, 2019, with free admission on Sunday, July 14.

A great place to express and celebrate the gift of faith, Lifest was founded to allow the entire family to come together for worship, fellowship, teaching, and more than 150 Christian artists and speakers. Lifest also includes a Marketplace, Art Space, camping, food, KidZone, and more.

Diocese of Green Bay Line-up Includes:

  • Daily food, fellowship and fun at Shady Acres Camp
    • 11:30 a.m. Rosary, 2:30-4 p.m. Confessions, 4 p.m. Mass, and free food to follow (Thurs., Fri., and Sat.)
    • Each day will have activities hosted by a different group such as Hispanic Ministry (Thurs.), St. Raphael Youth Ministry (Fri.), and Camp Tekakwitha (Sat.)
  • Booth in the exhibit hall with t-shirts, children’s activities, and more
  • Speaker Kristin Bird of Burning Hearts Disciples on Friday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at the Pit Stage. She will be sharing “Let God Love You: The Five Love Languages.” Visit www.gbdioc.org/lifest to learn more about her talk.
  • Mass on Sunday, July 14, 8:30 a.m. with Bishop David Ricken at the Café Stage

To learn more about the Diocese of Green Bay’s presence at Lifest, please visit www.gbdioc.org/lifest. For more information about Lifest and to purchase tickets, please visit www.lifest.com.

Contact

Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
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Sarah Gietman
Communications Coordinator
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July 8, 2019 | The Compass honored with 18 press awards, fourth consecutive year as Best Newspaper

July 8, 2019 | The Compass honored with 18 press awards, fourth consecutive year as Best Newspaper

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (July 8, 2019) – The Compass received 18 awards, including first place as Best Newspaper in its circulation category, from the Catholic Press Association (CPA) of the United States and Canada, during the CPA awards banquet June 22. The awards banquet was the culmination of a three-day Catholic Media Conference held in St. Petersburg, Fla.
 
It was the fourth consecutive year The Compass has received first place honors as top diocesan newspaper, and the sixth time in 10 years that the paper has received the excellence award given by the CPA to Catholic papers in the United States and Canada.
 
In awarding the excellence award, the judges said: “The Compass deserves first place as it has outstanding photos throughout that capture the essence of a story.” They also noted that the paper’s “various sections bring a wealth of information to the reader as do news stories the reader can use to engage in their community their community and church. Staff also write eclectic feature stories that would be of interest to the reader.”
 
In addition to General Excellence, The Compass received six other first place awards, two second place awards, five third place awards, and four honorable mentions. The other awards, which recognized work that appeared in The Compass in 2018, include:
 
First Place

  • First place, Best Regular Column – Family Life: “A Space for Grace” by Julianne Stanz
  • First Place, Best Editorial on a National or International Issue – Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or Less: “God Has a Dad's Heart,” by Patricia Kasten
  • First Place, Best Reporting on the Celebration of a Sacrament – Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or Less: “Spring Snowstorm Leads Priests to Offer Virtual Mass For the Masses,” by Patricia Kasten
  • First Place, Best Special Supplement or Special Issue with Advertising Emphasis for the 150th Jubilee section, by The Compass staff and freelance contributors
  • First Place: Best Ad Campaign Originating with the Publication for Advertiser, “Woodside Senior Communities,” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens
  • First Place, Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication – Black-and-White, “Diocese of Marquette” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens

Second Place

Third Place

  • Third Place, Best News Writing on a Local or Regional Event – Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or Less: “Bishop Morneau Requests Withdrawal from Public Ministry,” by Sam Lucero
  • Third Place, Best Photograph – General News Photo: “Remembering Loved Ones,” by Sam Lucero
  • Third Place, Best Photograph – Photo Illustration: Aerial photo of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, by Sam Lucero
  • Third Place, Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication – Black-and-White: “Paul Mitchell,” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens
  • Third Place: Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication – Color: “Office of Catholic Schools,” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens

Honorable Mention

  • Honorable mention, Best Reporting on Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate – Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or Less: Vocation Section, by Jeff Kurowski and staff
  • Honorable Mention, Best Multiple Picture Package – Feature: “Walk to Mary,” by Sam Lucero
  • Honorable Mention, Best Ad Campaign Originating with the Publication for Advertiser: “McCormick Assisted Living,” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens
  • Honorable Mention: Best Annual Report – (Arch)Diocesan Finances: “Catholic Charities,” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens

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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.

Contact

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Director of Communications
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June 18, 2019 | Two new priests to be ordained this weekend

June 18, 2019 | Two new priests to be ordained this weekend

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (June 18, 2019) – Bishop David L. Ricken of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay will ordain Deacon William Evans and Deacon Matthew Faucett to the priesthood at a 10 a.m. Rite of Ordination on Saturday, June 22, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.
 
An ordination is always a beautiful occasion. In one sense, it is an end, while in another sense, a beginning. It is an end to their seminary formation and the preparation that comes with receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders. It is also a beginning to the start of their life-long service to the Church. We rejoice with them because this is not simply a celebration for these men and their family and friends, but also for the entire Church of Green Bay.
 
Deacon William Evans was born in Missouri and raised in Kansas. He was baptized in the Episcopalian Church, and at a young age the Lord led him to the Catholic faith. It was through watching Midnight Mass from Rome one Christmas Eve that he felt drawn to the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. He became Catholic in his teenage years, and early on felt a desire to be a priest. He pursued a medical degree and became a talented surgeon. Deacon Evans completed his seminary formation at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in St. Francis, Wis, as well as his theology studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis.
 
Reflecting upon his upcoming ordination, Deacon Evans said, “I most look forward to the privilege of celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” Following his ordination to the priesthood, Deacon Evans will be appointed parochial vicar at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc.
 
Deacon Matthew Faucett spent the early part of his life in Illinois. His family then moved to Menominee, MI, and became members of Holy Family Parish across the Menominee River in Marinette, WI. He thought about priesthood early on in his life, but it was set aside after high school to pursue a career in the military following in the footsteps of his father. While at Marquette University, the call to the priesthood started to become clearer, and he left to join the seminary. Deacon Matthew attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., before studying at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
 
Reflecting upon his upcoming ordination, Deacon Matthew said, “I’m looking forward to preaching and celebrating the sacraments, especially reconciliation, where I have experienced the love and mercy of God.” Following ordination, Deacon Faucett will be appointed parochial vicar at both St. Mary Parish and St. Francis Xavier Parish both in De Pere.
 
A priest’s primary 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, an annual fundraising endeavor for the education and formation of local men who are in seminary.

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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.

Contact

Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
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Sarah Gietman
Communications Coordinator
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May 28, 2019 | Diocese shares Lifest booth and campsite lineup; buy one, get one ticket promotion

May 28, 2019 | Diocese shares Lifest booth and campsite lineup; buy one, get one ticket promotion

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (May 28, 2019) – The Diocese of Green Bay will once again attend Lifest, the fourday Christian music festival at Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh. The festival is July 11–14, 2019, with free admission on Sunday, July 14.

A great place to express and celebrate the gift of faith, Lifest was founded to allow the entire family to come together for worship, fellowship, teaching, and more than 150 Christian artists and speakers. Lifest also includes a Marketplace, Art Space, camping, food, KidZone, and more.

Diocese of Green Bay Line-up Includes:

  • Daily food, fellowship and fun at Shady Acres Camp
    • 2:30-4 p.m. Confessions, 4 p.m. Mass, and free food to follow (Thurs., Fri., and Sat.)
    • Each day will have activities hosted by a different group such as Hispanic Ministry (Thurs.), St. Raphael Youth Ministry (Fri.), and Camp Tekakwitha (Sat.)
  • Booth in the exhibit hall with t-shirts, children’s activities, and more
  • Speaker Kristin Bird of Burning Hearts Disciples on Friday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at the Pit Stage. She will be sharing “Let God Love You: The Five Love Languages.” Visit www.gbdioc.org/lifest to learn more about her talk.
  • Mass on Sunday, July 14, 8:30 a.m. with Bishop David Ricken at the Café Stage

Ticket Promotion: BUY ONE GET ONE FREE on youth and adult one-day tickets through June 14. (Adult tickets are for guests ages 16 and over. Coupon is available online at www.lifest.com or by calling 800-955- 5433. Use code: BOGO19. Coupon is not available with any other offers.) To learn more about the Diocese of Green Bay’s presence at Lifest, please visit www.gbdioc.org/lifest . For more information about Lifest and to purchase tickets, please visit www.lifest.com.

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.

Contact

Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
Phone: (920) 272-8213
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Sarah Gietman
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (920) 272-8209
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May 16, 2019 | Bishop Ricken to ordain three candidates as deacons

May 16, 2019 | Bishop Ricken to ordain three candidates as deacons

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ALLOUEZ, Wis. (May 16, 2019) – Bishop David L. Ricken of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay will ordain three men to the permanent diaconate on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. All are invited to attend.

“Deacons are men who have encountered Jesus in their lives. They have been called to a ministry of service, following the example of Jesus with self-sacrificial love. Ordination makes their commitment to serving the people of God permanent and public,” said Deacon Tony Abts, diaconate director for the Diocese of Green Bay. “They have one foot in the Church and the other in the world, and from that vantage point they are a bridge for people to the love of Jesus Christ.”

Those to be ordained as deacons and their home parish:

A deacon receives the sacrament of Holy Orders when he is ordained. His role in the mission of the Church is three-fold: ministry of charity and justice (serving those in need), ministry of the Word (teaching and preaching) and ministry of liturgy (prayer and worship), whether in charitable ministry or in the secular workplace. A deacon often assists at worship celebrations, exercises the ministry of preaching, and provides other sacramental services to the community.

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.

Contact

Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
Phone: (920) 272-8213
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Sarah Gietman
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (920) 272-8209
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May 1, 2019 | Statement on St. Matthew Church fire in Allouez

May 1, 2019 | Statement on St. Matthew Church fire in Allouez

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ALLOUEZ, Wis. (May 1, 2019) – Early Wednesday morning, the Green Bay Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at St. Matthew Catholic Parish in Allouez where they found a small fire and evidence of forced entry into the building. Indicating that the fire was started intentionally, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office has a suspect in custody and is further investigating the suspected arson. Authorities do not believe this to be a crime specifically targeting a religious institution.
 
“I was so disappointed to learn early this morning there was a fire at St. Matthew’s Church in Allouez and that most likely it was caused by an arsonist,” said Bishop David L. Ricken. “Fr. Bob Kabat, the good parishioners of St. Matthew’s, and the troubled person who caused this are in my thoughts and prayers.”
 
Please visit www.stmattsgb.org for a statement from the parish staff of St. Matthew Catholic Community and additional information about arrangements for upcoming Masses and parish events. You can also view a PDF copy of their statement by clicking here.

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.

Contact

Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
Phone: (920) 272-8213
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Sarah Gietman
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (920) 272-8209
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May 2, 2019 | Fourth Shipping Container to collect supplies for the Dominican Republic and Haiti

May 2, 2019 | Fourth Shipping Container to collect supplies for the Dominican Republic and Haiti

Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (May 2, 2019) – The World Mission Office of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay is once again sponsoring the Shipping Container Project. This project aims to collect enough supplies to fill an entire shipping container to send to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The broad range of items needed for specific projects will directly benefit the health, well-being, and quality of life of those in these two areas of the Caribbean. 

The past three years, 40-foot shipping containers were filled with a total of 60 tons of items. “The people of the Diocese of Green Bay have been so generous with this project,” said Cindy St. Aubin, World Mission Director for the Catholic Foundation. “They prayed, gave money, bought new items, cleaned out garages and basements, 120,200 lbs. worth – all to donate to the poorest of the poor. These gifts greatly impact the lives of so many people. Fr. Mike and Sr. Maria are great stewards of what they receive, nothing is wasted; even the empty shipping containers are converted into buildings! It brings me such joy to see the generosity of our communities, sharing the love of Jesus with our brothers and sisters in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.”

Sr. Maria Marciano works to construct roads, provide fresh water, and teach about agriculture and reforestation. Her work provides clean water, life-sustaining food sources, health, wellness, education, and flood and erosion prevention, and impacts 160,000 lives in Haiti. Her goal is to build 15 more community centers to be used for medical and dental clinics, teaching adult literacy, and community meetings.

For more than 50 years, the Diocese of Green Bay has provided financial support and priests to staff two parishes in the Dominican Republic, St. Teresa Parish in Elías Piña and St. Isidore Parish in El Llano. They are currently served by Fr. Mike Seis, who ministers to approximately 90,000 people in his two parishes and approximately 1,350 students in Catholic schools.

Items needed include: mattresses, office supplies, farm/construction supplies, medical supplies, hygiene items, housewares and clothing. For a list of specific items, please visit: www.catholicfoundationgb.org/container. Financial gifts are always appreciated and are used to buy needed items. To make your gift, visit www.catholicfoundationgb.org/give.

The Shipping Container Project deadline is July 31, 2019. For drop-off locations across the diocese, pick-up service, or additional information, please visit www.catholicfoundationgb.org/container. You may also contact Cindy St. Aubin, World Mission Director, at 920-272-8192 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more than 20 years, the Catholic Foundation has been encouraging financial generosity through faithbased giving. As a full service foundation, the Catholic Foundation focuses on Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries by helping families with all their giving needs. Through the generous support of many people, nearly $40 million has been distributed to impact thousands of people’s lives throughout northeastern Wisconsin. Gifts are used to help people discover, follow, worship, and share Jesus. To learn more, please visit our website at www.catholicfoundationgb.org, call 920-272-8181 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catholic Foundation Contact: Josh Diedrich, Executive Director, at 920-272-8197 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Tammy Danz, Bishop’s Appeal Director, at 920-272-8123 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Diocese of Green Bay Media Contact: Justine Lodl, director of communications, at 920-272-8213 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Sarah Gietman, communications coordinator, at 920-272-8209 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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April 11, 2019 | Catholic Charities to distribute $10,000 in emergency grants to assist families with flood damage

April 11, 2019 | Catholic Charities to distribute $10,000 in emergency grants to assist families with flood damage

Coat of ArmsGREEN BAY, Wis. (Apr. 11, 2019) – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay received a $10,000 emergency grant from Catholic Charities USA to assist with damage caused by the recent flooding in northeast Wisconsin.

“The damage to homes and property has been extensive, but we hope that every little bit of assistance helps our neighbors who have been impacted by the flood waters,” said Ted Phernetton, director of Catholic Charities.

The grant money, in the amount of $200 per family with an income of less than $60,000 per year, will be distributed to individuals upon request and can be used for costs related to cleanup, replacement items ruined in the flood, purchase of a dehumidifier, daily living expenses, security deposit assistance, and temporary housing. The dollars will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to those living within the 16 counties of the Diocese of Green Bay.

For further information or to request grant funds, please contact Ted Phernetton at 920-272-8234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Founded in 1918, Catholic Charities provides social services to residents in the 16 counties of Northeastern Wisconsin that make up the Diocese of Green Bay. These services include mental health counseling; family strengthening programs to refugee and immigration communities; adoption and pregnancy counseling to assist birth parents, adoptive couples, and people with unplanned pregnancies; budget counseling; and more. Catholic Charities serves all individuals, regardless of their background or faith. Please visit www.newcatholiccharities.org to learn more and view all services.

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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.

Contact

Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
Phone: (920) 272-8213
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Sarah Bradford
Communications Coordinator
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April 23, 2019 | Diaper Drive aims to support local crisis pregnancy centers and parenting programs

April 23, 2019 | Diaper Drive aims to support local crisis pregnancy centers and parenting programs

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Apr. 23, 2019) – During the month of May, Catholic Charities and the diocesan Office of Marriage, Family Life, and Pro-Life will be collecting diapers for the fifth annual Diocesan-wide Diaper Drive. Diapers and baby wipes can be dropped off at the Catholic Charities-Green Bay office, as well as several crisis pregnancy centers across northeast Wisconsin. There is a huge need within our area for diapers, but particularly the larger ones for toddlers, sizes 3-6.

Consulting with area pregnancy centers and hearing the needs of Catholic Charities clients, the Diocesan-wide Diaper Drive aims to support parents in a very practical way. Thanks to the generosity of those who donated last year, countless families received this tangible support in numerous communities across the diocese.

“On average, a baby requires one package of diapers per week. One package of diapers is $10 which means families will spend over $500 on diapers per year. The idea behind our diaper drive is to alleviate some of the financial burdens, to free up some of the funds our clients would spend on diapers, so they can spend that on rent or additional baby supplies that aren’t available through other community programs,” said Cassandra Krueger, child and family services case manager for Catholic Charities.

Please visit www.gbdioc.org/diaperdrive for drop-off locations, resources, and more information.

Drop-off Locations

Please check the center’s hours by calling or viewing their website before dropping off items to confirm someone will be present to take your donations.

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.

Contact

Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
Phone: (920) 272-8213
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Sarah Gietman
Communications Coordinator
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April 9, 2019 | Catholics at the Capitol to be a day of prayer, formation, and advocacy

April 9, 2019 | Catholics at the Capitol to be a day of prayer, formation, and advocacy

Catholics at the Capitol to be a day of prayer, formation, and advocacy

Coat of ArmsGREEN BAY, Wis. (Apr. 9, 2019) – The Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) joins several Catholic organizations in hosting Catholics at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis. Convened in the spring of each new legislative session (odd numbered years), the event will help attendees understand the legislative process, enhance advocacy skills, and network with other Catholics from across the state.
 
Geared toward those interested in learning more about Catholic social teaching and the principles that guide Catholic public policy engagement, the day includes presentations addressing hunger and poverty, criminal justice, homelessness, immigration, health care, and more.
 
“We’re very excited to be a part of Catholics at the Capitol this year as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference,” said Peter Weiss, living justice advocate for the Diocese of Green Bay. “As Catholics, we are called to put our faith into action and this event serves as a witness for some of the dynamic ways Catholics are living their faith today, while also providing inspiration to find new and creative ways to serve our communities as Christ taught us.”
 
The event includes a continental breakfast, morning general session with keynote address, breakout sessions, and lunch. Following lunch, participants will travel to the State Capitol for a presentation about the 50th anniversary of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference and a prayer service.  All are encouraged to visit with their legislators at the Capitol until approximately 2 p.m., when the day’s events will conclude.
 
Keynote speakers Vincent Noth and Samantha Vosters of Milwaukee’s Riverwest Food Pantry will present “Communities of Generosity: Food, Faith & Fellowship” and reflect on the pantry’s mission, which includes the corporal works of mercy, attention to the structural causes of poverty, and daily prayer.
 
The advance registration deadline is Monday, April 22, 2019, with a cost of $40 for non-students and $12 for full-time students. After April 22, registration is $50 for non-students. Cost includes continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, please visit www.wisconsincatholic.org or call the WCC at 608-257-0004. Details on how to arrange meetings with legislators, as well as other important information, will be provided in the registration confirmation packet.

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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.

Contact

Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
Phone: (920) 272-8213
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Sarah Bradford
Communications Coordinator
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March 28, 2019 | Bishop Ricken to host Prayer Service for Healing Apr. 10 and Apr. 11

March 28, 2019 | Bishop Ricken to host Prayer Service for Healing Apr. 10 and Apr. 11

Bishop Ricken to host Prayer Service for Healing Apr. 10 and Apr. 11

Coat of ArmsGREEN BAY, Wis. (Mar. 28, 2019) – 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. They will take place Wednesday, April 10, at St. Anthony Parish in Tigerton and Thursday, April 11, at St. Matthew Parish in Green Bay. Both services begin at 6:30 p.m.  

“This is a way for us to say to the Lord and to you that we acknowledge the hurt that has been caused,” said Bishop David L. Ricken. “We know this kind of trauma causes deep emotional wounds, and when sexual abuse happens within the Church, it also causes spiritual wounds that some people struggle with every day, especially people who were harmed as children. My hope is that this prayer service leads to deeper and deeper healing for you.”  

Held during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, these healing prayer services are intended for all those in need of healing from the Church and for others to come together as members of the Church to pray for those in need of healing. All are invited, including survivors of sexual abuse, friends and family members of survivors, and other caring persons.  

“The prayer service is meant to recognize the reality of the hurt and harm that has been caused by some in the Church and to pray for healing for those harmed and for healing for the Church,” said Deacon Dan Wagnitz, safe environment coordinator for the Diocese of Green Bay. “Past healing services have empowered some people to come forward and share their painful experiences and to take steps in the journey of healing. We hope that people are able to continue to do so.”   For additional information, please visit www.gbdioc.org/healing. For questions, please contact Deacon Dan Wagnitz in the Office of Safe Environment via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone at 1-877-270-8174 or 920-272-8174.

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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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March 21, 2019 | Evening for birthmothers focuses on self-care, building connections, sharing experiences

March 21, 2019 | Evening for birthmothers focuses on self-care, building connections, sharing experiences

Evening for birthmothers focuses on self-care, building connections, sharing experiences

Coat of ArmsGREEN BAY, Wis. (Mar. 21, 2019) – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay will partner with Catholic Charities of the Dioceses of La Crosse, Madison, and Milwaukee to host a retreat honoring all birthmothers on April 27, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. The theme is “Always in My Heart: Remembering a Birthmother’s Love.”

“Our goal each year is to provide a safe space for women to build connections with others who have a very unique life event in common. Although others can try to empathize, it is hard to truly understand the journey of a birthmother unless someone has lived it themselves,” said Cassandra Krueger, child and family services case manager for Catholic Charities. “Over the years, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the support and relationships that are created as a result of this event.”

This evening of self-care and learning is for birthmothers at any stage in their adoption journey, whether they created an adoption plan many years ago or just last week. With opportunities to share (as they are comfortable) and hear from other birthmothers, the hope is that attendees are able to build a support system through shared experiences and each other.

The Catholic Charities birthmother retreat is free for all attendees. To help offset the cost of transportation, gas cards will be provided to all who register by April 8. For more information or to register, please contact Cassandra Krueger at 920-680-1407 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The retreat will be held on April 27, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wilderness Resort (Tundra Room A), 511 E Adams Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965.

Founded in 1918, Catholic Charities provides social services to residents in the 16 counties of Northeastern Wisconsin that make up the Diocese of Green Bay. These services include mental health counseling; family strengthening programs to refugee and immigration communities; adoption and pregnancy counseling to assist birth parents, adoptive couples, and people with unplanned pregnancies; budget counseling; and more. Catholic Charities serves all individuals, regardless of their background or faith. Please visit www.newcatholiccharities.org to learn more and view all services.

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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.

Contact

Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
Phone: (920) 272-8213
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Sarah Bradford
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (920) 272-8209
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March 19, 2019 | Bishop Ricken and Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga to celebrate Masses for Healing

March 19, 2019 | Bishop Ricken and Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga to celebrate Masses for Healing

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Mar. 19, 2019) – Bishop David L. Ricken and Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga will celebrate Masses for Healing with Adoration as part of five, two-day parish missions around the Diocese of Green Bay, March 25-30. Fr. Ubald, a Catholic priest and survivor of the Rwandan genocide, speaks around the world and shares the powerful message of healing and forgiveness.  

On Day One, there will be a screening of the documentary , which covers the life and work of Fr. Ubald, followed by discussion. On Day Two, Bishop Ricken and Fr. Ubald will celebrate Mass, followed by Adoration, prayers for healing, and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  

Please contact the host parish for questions about each event.

  • St. Francis of Assisi (Waldo Site) - Manitowoc
    • Day One (Video): Monday, March 25; 6:30 p.m.
    • Day Two (Mass & Adoration): Tuesday, March 26; 6:30 p.m.
  • St. John Parish (Antigo Area Catholic Churches) – Antigo
    • Day One (Video): Tuesday, March 26; 6:30 p.m.
    • Day Two (Mass & Adoration): Wednesday, March 27; 6:30 p.m.
  • St. Bernard Parish - Green Bay
    • Day One (Video): Wednesday, March 27; 6:30 p.m.
    • Day Two (Mass & Adoration): Thursday, March 28; 6:30 p.m.
  • Most Blessed Sacrament Parish (St. Peter Site) - Oshkosh
    • Day One (Video): Thursday, March 28; 6:30 p.m.
    • Day Two (Mass & Adoration): Friday, March 29; 6:30 p.m.
  • St. Gabriel Parish - Neenah
    • Day One (Video): Friday, March 29; 6:30 p.m.
    • Day Two (Mass & Adoration): Saturday, March 30; 4:30 p.m.

For additional information and resources, please visit www.gbdioc.org/frubald.

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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.

Contact

Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
Phone: (920) 272-8213
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Sarah Bradford
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (920) 272-8209
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March 14, 2019 | Annual CRS Rice Bowl Program Kicks-off with Lent, Aids Local, Global Community

March 14, 2019 | Annual CRS Rice Bowl Program Kicks-off with Lent, Aids Local, Global Community

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Mar. 14, 2019) – Ash Wednesday kicked off the largest and longest-running Lenten program in the United States—the CRS Rice Bowl. Known for its characteristic cardboard “rice bowl,” faith communities in every diocese throughout the U.S. put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Seventy-five percent of CRS Rice Bowl donations are used to support the work of Catholic Relief Services in roughly 45 different countries each year, while 25 percent remain in the diocese where they were given and are distributed through local grants. Religious (Catholic and non-Catholic) and secular organizations based in the Diocese of Green Bay’s 16 counties are encouraged to apply, and the request must benefit immigrant or refugee populations who are struggling to meet their basic material needs (such as food, shelter, healthcare, literacy and counseling services).

“Through participating in CRS Rice Bowl, we share the journey with members of our human family around the world and commit our Lenten prayers, fasting, and almsgiving to not only deepening our faith and serving those in need, but also benefiting local organizations,” said Eric Weydt, diocesan Catholic social justice coordinator. “Organizations within the 16 counties of our diocese can apply for grants to assist immigrant and refugee populations.”

To donate and learn more about CRS Rice Bowl, please visit crsricebowl.org or download the app from the iTunes or Google Play stores. Individuals, families, educators, and churches are encouraged to explore the Lenten resources, free downloads, printable activities, videos, lesson plans, reflections, and recipes which are available in English and Spanish.

Applications for CRS Rice Bowl grants will be accepted through April 19, 2019. Grant criteria and application forms are available at www.gbdioc.org/rice-bowl. You may also receive a hard copy by contacting Eric Weydt at 920-272-8344 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To view last year’s CRS Rice Bowl grant award winners, please view our August 30, 2018, press release.

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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.

Contact

Justine Lodl
Director of Communications
Phone: (920) 272-8213
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Sarah Bradford
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (920) 272-8209
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March 7, 2019 | "A Day of Healing" retreat to be held April 6 for those affected by sexual abuse

March 7, 2019 | "A Day of Healing" retreat to be held April 6 for those affected by sexual abuse

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Mar. 7, 2019) – The third annual "A Day of Healing" retreat for those affected by sexual abuse will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, located on the grounds of St. Norbert Abbey at 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115.
 
Facilitated by the Journey of Hope team, this retreat will provide a time to gather, pray, and talk about the healing process related to the effects of sexual abuse while focusing on ongoing recovery. All are invited, including survivors of sexual abuse, friends of survivors, and other caring persons. During the course of the day, participants will be given options to interact in small groups and for personal quiet time. Recognizing that people are at different points in the journey of healing, the retreat illustrates the impact of coming together and realizing you are not alone.
 
"I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to share this 'Day of Healing' with survivors of sexual abuse and others that support us," said Barb Bayer, a survivor and Journey of Hope member. “We all walk a different path on our journeys as we continue to heal from the emotional, physical, and spiritual brokenness from sexual abuse. Personally, this 'Day of Healing' never fails to help me experience the strength, courage, and deep faith of those around me."
 
Journey of Hope provides a place for prayer, community, and discussion about the healing process. The group is composed of survivors of sexual abuse along with family members, friends, and other caring persons. In addition to "A Day of Healing," they host prayer services throughout the year for those affected by sexual abuse.
 
A $10 non-refundable registration fee is due by March 22, 2019. This includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and materials for the day. Overnight accommodations for Friday, April 5, are available at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey for an additional fee; $40.00 single occupancy/per night or $50.00 couple/per night and includes a private room, linens, and towels.
 
For registration information, contact Deb Knaus at 920-272-8198 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the diocesan Office of Safe Environment or visit www.gbdioc.org/JourneyOfHope. "A Day of Healing" is sponsored by the Diocese of Green Bay and St. Norbert Abbey.

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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.
 
Contact: Justine Lodl, director of communications, at 920-272-8213 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Sarah Gietman, communications coordinator, at 920-272-8209 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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