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July 22, 2021 | Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Grant Award Winners announced

July 22, 2021 | Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Grant Award Winners announced

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (July 22, 2021) – The Diocese of Green Bay is happy to announce the 2021 Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl Grant Award Winners. The diocese is a co-sponsor of the annual CRS Rice Bowl collection held every year during Lent.

“I am grateful to the parishes and schools throughout the 16 counties of our diocese who have supported our Rice Bowl collection to provide relief to our brothers and sisters overseas as well as locally. As many continue to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CRS Rice Bowl grants provide direct assistance to support immigrants and refugees in our community who are struggling to meet their basic needs. The Rice Bowl collection and the grants it makes possible are a beautiful example of faith in action,” said Peter Weiss, director of living justice for the Diocese of Green Bay.

New Leaf Garden Blitz Project: One grant recipient, New Leaf Foods, will use funds from Rice Bowl to support their 2022 Garden Blitz, a grassroots gardening initiative that will build, deliver, and install 75 raised garden boxes, most of which are provided free or at a reduced cost. The targeted recipients of the garden boxes are immigrants and refugees, particularly Somali, Hispanic, and Hmong families.

“New Leaf Foods, Inc., is so honored to be a CRS Rice Bowl grant recipient. We are excited to provide garden boxes to immigrant families in the Green Bay and De Pere area. This grant helps us to be more inclusive in our program by giving us the funds to make these gardens available and free to these populations. Many have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Garden beds help people to have access to local, healthy food at a reasonable price while building a community of people that grow their own food,” said Kim Diaz, vice president of New Leaf Foods.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Compassionate Connections Center (Clintonville) – Lenguajes & Alfabetizacion (Languages and Literacy)
  • Golden House (Green Bay) – Basic Material Needs
  • New Leaf Foods (Green Bay) – New Leaf Garden Blitz
  • NWTC Educational Foundation (Green Bay) – Career Pathways Scholarship for English Language Learners
  • Joseph Catholic Church (Wautoma) - Hispanic Migrant Pastoral Ministry
  • World Relief Fox Valley (Appleton) – COVID-19 Bridge for Families Facing Utility Disconnection

CRS Rice Bowl is a program of prayer, fasting, learning, and giving to help address the challenges of hunger and poverty around the world. Twenty-five percent of the money collected through diocesan parishes is reserved for local use. This year, $12,000 was awarded to agencies at the local level to meet the basic material needs of immigrant and refugee people in northeastern Wisconsin.

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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. 

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July 15, 2021 | Bishop David L. Ricken reinstates obligation to attend Sunday Mass

July 15, 2021 | Bishop David L. Ricken reinstates obligation to attend Sunday Mass

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (July 15, 2021) – Bishop David L. Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay announced this week the reinstatement of the Sunday Mass obligation effective the weekend of August 14-15, 2021.

“Since we are experiencing greater health in our communities and our parishes, after much discernment and consultation, I have decided to lift the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass effective on August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven,” said Bishop Ricken. “Because we truly love God, and strive to be missionary disciples, we would want to spend time with Him, to worship, praise and adore Him. The Sunday Mass is the most complete way we can do this.”

Even with the reinstatement of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, it is important to note there are occasions when the obligation does not apply:

  • If individual Catholics struggle with serious health concerns or are physically or morally prevented from worshipping at Mass for a serious reason
  • If individuals are frail due to illness or age or, in their well-formed conscience believe that going into public places -- including Sunday worship at Mass -- would place their health or the health of their loved ones in serious jeopardy
  • If individuals are sick, or have been in contact with someone who has been sick
  • If there is severe weather

The faithful who are unable to attend Mass should follow the third Commandment “To Keep Holy the Lord’s Day” by spending time in prayer, reading the Scriptures, and taking part in acts of charity from home.

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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. 

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May 26, 2021 | Diocese of Green Bay Office of Catholic Schools shares plans for 2021-2022 school year guidance

May 26, 2021 | Diocese of Green Bay Office of Catholic Schools shares plans for 2021-2022 school year guidance

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (May 26, 2021) – Todd Blahnik, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Green Bay, announced guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year have been developed and released to all 54 schools. 
 
This past year, all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Green Bay opened and offered both in-person and virtual learning options to meet the needs of their students and families. “We learned a lot this past year,” said Blahnik. “More importantly, there is now scientific research that shows the level of spread by school age students is currently minimal. This has allowed us to use the plans we created last year, and just make adjustments based on the current data.”
 
Blahnik is quick to note that should the situation rapidly deteriorate before school resumes in the fall, there is already a plan in place to continue to provide in-person education. “We know that things can and do change on a daily basis. Our goal is to allow each of our schools to look at their community and make the best determination on how to prevent any significant outbreaks in their area, while keeping our schools open for in-person instruction.”
 
The Diocese of Green Bay continues to monitor the spread of COVID in its 16 counties.  For more information on the guidelines or for parents that would like to find the nearest Catholic school, please visit www.gbdiocschools.org.

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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. 

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May 25, 2021 | Catholic Charities to host virtual gala “Inspired to Act”

May 25, 2021 | Catholic Charities to host virtual gala “Inspired to Act”

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (May 25, 2021) – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay will host their annual Gala in the virtual space for 2021. Join Bishop David Ricken, this Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 8-9 p.m. for “Inspired to Act,” a virtual night of hope and inspiration. With your help, Catholic Charities will be present in greater ways to those who seek mental and financial health counseling, adoption and family support services, and immigration and refugee services.
 
After a year of so many challenges, come hear stories of impact and learn how Catholic Charities continues to change lives in northeast Wisconsin. Whether you're "Excited," "Passionate," or "Inspired" by the work of Catholic Charities, there's a ticket level tailored for you. Starting at just $5, the various ticket levels are one way your attendance contributes toward the programs and offerings of Catholic Charities. To learn more and register: https://ccinspired.givesmart.com 
 
The virtual evening will include silent auction items and a live service auction. Both of these auction opportunities are now live and open for bidding from your phone, computer, or other mobile device. Browse the silent auction and choose from great items including dinner with Bishop Ricken (+8 guests), an Ariens snowblower, a Dooney & Bourke purse and Seroogy's Chocolates gift card, and a weekend getaway in Door County, just to name a few. Click here to check out all the amazing items!
 
If you are looking to have a direct impact in a particular area of Catholic Charities ministry, perhaps the service auction is where you will be “Inspired to Act.” This portion of the evening encourages direct donations to the various programs and initiatives. Consider giving to the services that most inspire you — it's through your support that Catholic Charities is able to bring their lifeline of hope to people in greatest need. Click here to learn more about the programs and outreach efforts you can support.
 
You also won’t want to miss the musical surprise Bishop Ricken has planned for the evening. Get your tickets now for an evening of inspiration benefitting the programs offered through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay.

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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. 

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April 27, 2021 | Diocesan Statement on Attorney General’s Review

April 27, 2021 | Diocesan Statement on Attorney General’s Review

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (April 27, 2021) – The Diocese of Green Bay, along with other Catholic dioceses and religious orders in Wisconsin, participated in the Attorney General’s conference call on Monday, April 26. We understand that this is a review of past cases and does not imply that there are any new allegations against active priests or deacons in the Green Bay Diocese.  At this point, we have not received any formal written request from the AG’s office. Once we receive such a request, the diocese will review and respond appropriately at that time. 

We wish to emphasize that the Diocese of Green Bay remains dedicated to the protection of children and vulnerable adults. The diocese has, over the past several decades, implemented a variety of tools to ensure the safety of every person in the diocese, including background checks, rigorous safe environment training and education, mandatory reporting mechanisms and outreach to survivors of abuse. As part of this effort, in the fall of 2018, the diocese engaged an independent investigative firm to conduct an outside review of the files of all diocesan priests and deacons. Their review led to the release of our list of clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor in January 2019. We will continue to walk with victims/survivors in their process of healing.

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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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Apr. 7, 2021 | Very Reverend Daniel Felton Appointed Tenth Bishop of Diocese of Duluth, MN

Apr. 7, 2021 | Very Reverend Daniel Felton Appointed Tenth Bishop of Diocese of Duluth, MN

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Apr. 7, 2021) – The Holy Father, Pope Francis, today announced the appointment of the Very Reverend Daniel Felton as the tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota. Bishop Elect Felton will be ordained a bishop and installed in the Diocese of Duluth during a Mass on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Presently, Father Felton is the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Green Bay, a position he has held since July, 2014.
 
Bishop David L. Ricken said of the appointment of Father Felton, “I could not be more delighted that The Holy Father has chosen to elevate Father Dan Felton to the Episcopacy as the tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Duluth. Bishop-elect Felton, a native of the Diocese of Green Bay, has excelled in his service to this Diocese in the many positions he has held and has been a trusted advisor in his role as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. His presence, ministry and expertise will be sorely missed here, but he will bring many gifts to the faithful of the Diocese of Duluth.”
 
Bishop-elect Felton was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on February 5, 1955. He is the son of Carol and the late Ken Felton and the oldest of five children. The bishop-elect holds a B.A. degree from St. Norbert in Religious Studies and Psychology; a M.A. in Theology from St. John University, Collegeville, MN; a S.T.L. in Dogmatic Theology and a Diploma. in Social Communications from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.
 
Bishop-elect Felton was ordained a priest on June 13, 1981 by Bishop Wycislo. His parish assignments have included Holy Innocents in Manitowoc, St. Raphael the Archangel in Oshkosh, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc, St. Edward in Mackville, St. Nicholas in Freedom and St. Mary in Greenville. Fr. Felton was also the Director of Affiliate Affairs for the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America
 
Father Felton is a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, Leadership Roundtable, Priest Personnel Board, Diocesan Finance Council, and St. Norbert College Board of Trustees. He also served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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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. 

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Mar. 30, 2021 | Eight Diocesan Schools Receive Tuition Grant Awards

Mar. 30, 2021 | Eight Diocesan Schools Receive Tuition Grant Awards

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Mar. 30, 2021) – Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Green Bay, Todd Blahnik, today announced that eight schools from the diocese received $10,000 awards from the George and Mary Kremer Foundation to help underwrite the tuition costs of children from financially challenged families in their schools. The awards were given to:

  • All Saints Catholic School in Antigo
  • Lourdes Academy Middle School in Oshkosh
  • Roncalli Catholic School in Manitowoc
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano
  • St France Xavier Elementary and Middle School in Appleton
  • St. Mary Catholic Middle School in Neenah
  • St. Thomas More Catholic School in Green Bay. 

The Kremer Foundation is dedicated to Catholic education and assists qualified students in financial need to be able to share in the blessing of a Catholic education.  Student award selection is based on financial need without regard to gender, race, nationality, citizenship or religion.  Families who are interested in applying for tuition assistance should reach out directly to their school.

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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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Mar. 26, 2021 | Diocese of Green Bay shares schedule of virtual Holy Week liturgies

Mar. 26, 2021 | Diocese of Green Bay shares schedule of virtual Holy Week liturgies

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Mar. 26, 2021) – All parishes in the Diocese of Green Bay are open for worship during this Holy Week. For a complete listing of parishes and their Holy Week services, visit the following link: https://www.gbdioc.org/communications-and-the-compass/finder-page. We are also pleased to share the following list of broadcast and virtual opportunities with Bishop Ricken from St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. 
 
March 28 - Palm Sunday                  WFRV Local 5          10:30-11:30 am
 
April 1 - Holy Thursday                   Livestream                 7:00 pm 
                                                          Diocesan website        www.gbdioc.org
                                                          (Access livestream page from homepage slider) 
                                                          Cathedral website       www.sfxcathedralgb.com
                                                          (Access livestream button on the homepage)
 
April 2 - Good Friday                       Livestream                 3:00 pm  
                                                          Diocesan website        www.gbdioc.org
                                                          (Access livestream page from homepage slider) 
                                                          Cathedral website       www.sfxcathedralgb.com
                                                          (Access livestream button on the homepage)
 
April 3 - Easter Vigil                         Livestream                 8:00 pm         
                                                           Livestreamed on Cathedral’s website ONLY
                                                           www.sfxcathedralgb.com
                                                           (Access livestream button on homepage)
 
April 4 - Easter Sunday                    WFRV Local 5         10:30-11:30 am
 
TV viewers are advised to check with local cable or satellite TV providers for the channel that carries the WFRV signal. The broadcast Masses on WFRV are also streamed at www.wearegreenbay.com.
 
Drawing strength and hope from our faith in Jesus Christ, we wish you a blessed Holy Week and a Happy Easter.

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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. 

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Mar. 11, 2021 | Diocese of Green Bay sees growth in Wisconsin School Choice applications

Mar. 11, 2021 | Diocese of Green Bay sees growth in Wisconsin School Choice applications

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Mar. 11, 2021) – The Diocese of Green Bay Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Todd Blahnik announced today that applications for the Wisconsin School Choice Program have increased approximately 10-15% over the same time last year. 
 
While many public schools struggled to open this past school year, all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Green Bay opened in September both in-person and with virtual hybrids to accommodate family needs. “It was definitely a roller coaster at first,” said Todd Blahnik. “I think every day for the first few months there were questions. But after Christmas break, we have hardly received any calls. That is a true testament to our teachers and administrators who spent their entire summer creating safety procedures.” 
 
Andrew Mulloy, principal at St. John the Baptist in Green Bay agrees, “Parents have expressed their appreciation for providing in-person education. The key was having a good plan in place before school started.  If we did have to quarantine a class, we immediately knew what to do to continue to provide a quality education and have the students return as soon as safely possible. And this has helped increase enrollment for the next school year, we already have waiting lists for many of our grades,” said Mulloy.
 
With enrollment open for Wisconsin School Choice program, many families are choosing to change schools for the 2021-2022 school year. ”Several of our schools already have as many applications as they had in total School Choice students enrolled last year,” said Blahnik.  
 
The Wisconsin School Choice Program gives parents a voucher for the tuition and educational expenses for the school of their choice. The application runs through April 15, 2021 and information is available from DPI at https://dpi.wi.gov/parental-education-options/choice-programs/student-applications. Parents that would like to find the nearest Catholic school can easily search at https://www.gbdioc.org/general/school-finder-search-page.

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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. 

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Mar. 4, 2021 | Bishop Ricken to host virtual Lenten reflection event “Pause, Praise and Prayer on March 8

Mar. 4, 2021 | Bishop Ricken to host virtual Lenten reflection event “Pause, Praise and Prayer on March 8

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Mar. 4, 2021) – Bishop David L. Ricken invites those throughout northeast Wisconsin to join him on Monday, March 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., for a Lenten evening of reflection titled “Pause, Praise, and Prayer.”
 
The evening will provide a moment to pause from all the busyness of the world, to praise God in song and to pray along with several religious orders throughout the diocese who will be interceding on our behalf.
 
Bishop Ricken reminds us that “God’s healing mercy and light is open to us if we approach him with an open heart. He wants to love us, to free us and to give us hope.” Wherever you are on your journey of faith, all are welcome.
 
To register for this FREE, virtual event, visit www.gbdioc.org/pause. You will receive the login code upon registration. Please feel free to share this registration link with family and friends. All are welcome to participate in this night of prayer. If you have questions, or would like additional information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 920-272-8329.

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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. 

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Feb. 11, 2021 | Emergency funds available to prevent homelessness

Feb. 11, 2021 | Emergency funds available to prevent homelessness

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Feb. 11, 2021) – As more families face eviction in the new year, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay joins with its national organization, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), and the Felician Sisters of North America to make available emergency funds. Thanks to the recent creation of the “Francis Fund for Eviction Prevention,” Catholic Charities has been awarded $10,000 to be distributed locally to those who are in extreme danger of losing their homes or in need of emergency rental assistance. 
 
“As the pandemic continues and the weather becomes bitterer, many people are living on the brink of homelessness, and they are terrified,” said Karmen Lemke, director of Catholic Charities. “The Felician Sisters, founded in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and clearly walking in the footsteps of the saint, joined CCUSA to initiate this emergency fund at a moment when people are increasingly desperate. We are grateful to receive dollars locally to help those in need.”
 
In these uncertain times, we know that many families are suffering the burden of unemployment and food insecurity. It is unconscionable that they should also face the fear of losing their homes. Thanks to generous donors and partners like CCUSA, Catholic Charities has the resources and expertise to get help into the hands of those in need.
 
We know the needs are great. But according to a recent study, the counties in Wisconsin reporting the highest rates of foreclosures are Langlade, Oconto, Manitowoc, and Marinette. Due to the significant need in those counties, that is where the grant is being applied. 
 
Limited dollars are available, please inquire soon. If you or someone you know qualifies, please contact Catholic Charities at 920-272-8234, toll free at 877-500-3580 ext. 8234, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.
 
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 immigrant communities; adoption; pregnancy and parenting support services;  post adoption; 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. 

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Feb. 10, 2021 | Media Briefing and LIVE demonstration on distribution of ashes for Ash Wednesday 2021

Feb. 10, 2021 | Media Briefing and LIVE demonstration on distribution of ashes for Ash Wednesday 2021

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Feb. 10, 2021) –

 

When:             Monday, February 15, 2021 - 10:00 a.m.
 
Where:            St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
                        139 Madison Street, Green Bay, WI
 
Please enter off either Madison St. or Monroe Ave. The main parking lot is located on the north side of the Cathedral. Enter the Cathedral through the entrance off the main lot. You will be directed from there.
 
Speakers:      
 
Father John Girotti – Associate Moderator of the Curia-Vicar for Canonical Services
Shaun Johnson – Divine Worship Director
 
During this briefing, we will provide an introduction regarding the changes with the distribution of ashes at this time of COVID-19. There will be a demonstration provided, and there will be time for questions and answers following the demonstration. Masking and social distancing will be required at this LIVE event.

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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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Feb. 4, 2021 | Bishop’s Appeal campaign to launch Feb. 6-7 to benefit diocesan ministries

Feb. 4, 2021 | Bishop’s Appeal campaign to launch Feb. 6-7 to benefit diocesan ministries

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Feb. 4, 2021) – Beginning this weekend, Bishop David L. Ricken will invite the nearly 100,000 Catholic families across the Diocese of Green Bay to consider making a gift to the Bishop’s Appeal, which supports the ministries of the larger Church of Green Bay. The theme for 2021 is “We Rise Again.”
 
To view the 2021 Bishop’s Appeal message from Bishop Ricken, please visit: www.catholicfoundationgb.org/video.
 
“This might be the most important Bishop’s Appeal in the last few generations,” shared Bishop Ricken. “If the pandemic has taught us anything, it has taught us that the world needs the Catholic Church now more than at any point in our lifetimes; it needs the love of Jesus. As Catholics, we are being called to rise up and bring that love to our neighbors and communities.”
 
“When someone makes a gift, they share our Lord’s love with thousands of people throughout 16 counties of the Diocese of Green Bay,” said Tammy Danz, Director of the Bishop’s Appeal. “Your gift to the Appeal provides tools to teachers at Catholic schools and faith formation programs. Those in need of mental health counseling are able to receive help through the services provided by Catholic Charities. Through these beautiful acts of charity as a Church we can rise again.”
 
It is through the ministries of the Church that we walk with people on life’s journey and inspire disciples throughout the Diocese of Green Bay. Please prayerfully consider making a pledge to this year’s Bishop’s Appeal. In the next week, parishioners will receive a letter from Bishop Ricken, inviting them to make a gift, or they can make a gift through the Catholic Foundation online at www.catholicfoundationgb.org/give.
 
Gifts to the Bishop’s Appeal help:

  • Catholic Charities & Living Justice extends social service programs to people who are struggling most in life. Included are mental health counseling; family strengthening programs; adoption and pregnancy counseling to assist birth parents, adoptive couples and people with unplanned pregnancies; budget counseling; and more. The Living Justice ministry advocates and supports pro-life activities.
  • Education, Catholic Schools & Families shares our Catholic teachings with people of all ages.
  • Parish Life & Evangelization focuses on young adult discipleship and formation and adult faith formation, while guiding people closer to Christ through prayer and worship.
  • Discipleship & Leadership Formation trains and forms deacons and pastoral leaders.
  • The Compass newspaper publishes news and information about our Church and the Catholic faith.

Gifts to the Bishop's Appeal are accepted year round. The funds are used, without exception, to support the ministries and services to thousands in need through the Diocese’s 16-county area. For more information, visit www.catholicfoundationgb.org/bishops-appeal.
 
For more than 20 years, the Catholic Foundation has been impacting lives within the 16 counties of northeastern Wisconsin which make up the Diocese of Green Bay. During this time, the Foundation has distributed more than $50 million to support Catholic schools, parishes and other Catholic organizations. The Catholic Foundation encourages financial stewardship and generosity through faith-based giving. The Foundation focuses on supporting Catholic parishes, schools and ministries through endowment funding. To learn more, please visit www.catholicfoundationgb.org or contact us at 920-272-8197 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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Dec. 7, 2020 | Special collection planned for retired sisters, brothers, and priests

Dec. 7, 2020 | Special collection planned for retired sisters, brothers, and priests

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Dec. 7, 2020) – The weekend of Dec. 12-13, Diocese of Green Bay parishioners will have the opportunity to support the retirement needs of sisters, brothers, and priests through the Retirement Collection, which includes the Diocesan Priests’ Retirement and the National Retirement Fund for Religious.
 
“Many of our lives have been impacted by the faithful and tireless work of sisters, brothers, and priests through Catholic parishes, schools, and hospitals,” said Father Luke Ferris, vicar for clergy and pastoral leaders for the Diocese of Green Bay. “After serving with great dedication, but often with little financial compensation, we can now thank our retired sisters, brothers, and priests for their lifelong service. Even in their later years, they continue to inspire us and show us what it means to follow Jesus Christ. Our support shows our care and appreciation for them.”
 
The retirement needs are significant. Today, there are 31,000 members of religious orders in the United States over the age of 70. By 2028, retired religious are projected to outnumber wage-earning religious by more than three to one.
 
Since the inception of the Retirement Fund for Religious in 1988, Catholics around the country have been very generous, and the Diocese of Green Bay has been a national leader in contributions. Last year, through the generosity of many, $203,752 was given to the National Retirement Fund for Religious and $222,384 to our own Diocesan Priests' Retirement Fund.
 
Parishioners are able to donate to this Retirement Collection at their parish on the weekend of December 12-13, or a gift may be made through the Catholic Foundation online at www.catholicfoundationgb.org/give.
 
For more than 20 years, the Catholic Foundation has been impacting lives within the 16 counties of northeastern Wisconsin which make up the Diocese of Green Bay. During this time, the Foundation has distributed nearly $40 million to support Catholic schools, parishes and other Catholic organizations. The Catholic Foundation encourages financial stewardship and generosity through faith-based giving. The Foundation focuses on supporting Catholic parishes, schools and ministries through endowment funding. To learn more, please visit www.catholicfoundationgb.org or contact us at 920-272-8181 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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Oct. 20, 2020 | Bishop Ricken to host a virtual “Night of Hope” Oct. 26

Oct. 20, 2020 | Bishop Ricken to host a virtual “Night of Hope” Oct. 26

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Oct. 20, 2020) – Bishop David L. Ricken invites those throughout northeast Wisconsin to join him on Monday, Oct. 26 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. for “A Night of Hope.”
 
“I don’t know about you, but 2020 has me feeling pretty burdened and in need of rest. I think it’s time that we bring our hurts, our pains, our wounds, our suffering to God so that he can give us comfort and restoration,” shared Bishop Ricken. “To help you do this, I want to invite all of you to join me in ‘A Night of Hope’ on Monday, Oct. 26. We will host a simple, virtual retreat where we will pray together and ask for the Lord’s guidance in our lives so that we can continue to live in hope.”

We all carry burdens in life, burdens that weigh us down and cause us to be anxious of heart and mind. This year has been especially difficult for many, and yet there is reason to hope. Living in hope means that we can give a name to our hope and that name is Jesus Christ, who offers us comfort and strength. Jesus knows our burdens better than anyone else and offers himself freely to us so we can find rest in our soul.
 
Now, perhaps more than ever, we could all use some hope. To register for this free, virtual event, visit www.gbdioc.org/hope. This event, which will be available in English and Spanish, is being hosted through Zoom Webinar. You will receive the login code upon registration. Please feel free to share this registration link with family and friends. All are welcome to participate in this night of prayer asking for the Lord’s guidance in living lives of hope. If you have questions, or would like additional information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 920-272-8329.

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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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