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The Most Rev. David L. Ricken is the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

Bishop David Ricken

He provides for the pastoral care of his diocese by teaching, governing, and sanctifying. Our bishop works in our diocese in a priestly shepherding and teaching role, proclaiming and helping others boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

CLICK HERE for a short PDF biography of his life.


The Office of the Bishop operates under the corporation title - Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Inc.

Contact Information:
Office of the Bishop
P.O. Box 23825
1825 Riverside Drive 
Green Bay, WI 54305
Phone: (920) 272-8194
Fax: (920) 435-1330 

The Office of the Bishop provides support resources for the bishop as he shepherds the local church of the Diocese of Green Bay. The bishop is responsible for the spiritual direction of not only all Catholics, but the over one million souls residing within the diocese.  The bishop governs the diocese as a portion of the universal Church.  

The Office of Administration coordinates organizational duties and oversees those who hold offices and minister in diocesan administration. The office is overseen by the vicar general and moderator of the curia, and the associate moderator, who exercise the bishop's ordinary executive power over the entire diocese. 

The Office of Canonical Services conducts legal governance of the diocese, in line with Church teaching, legislation, and the 1983 Code of Canon Law. Responsibilities include promoting and protecting the obligations, rights, and privileges of all Catholics in the diocese; advising the bishop on matters related to Church law and governance; ruling on matters concerning the sacrament of marriage; and serving as a resource for Catholics on matters of doctrine and morality.

The Office of the Chancellor is responsible for ensuring that the acts of the curia are drawn up and dispatched for safekeeping in the archives. It is further responsible for maintaining diocesan documents and records, and for assisting parishes and diocesan agencies in canonical, liturgical and civil matters.

The Office of the Chancellor includes:

Archives  - CLICK HERE
Safe Environment - CLICK HERE

 Letter of Good Standing Request Form - Priest & Deacons - CLICK HERE

The Office of Marriage Tribunal is a church court that examines petitions from parties looking to have their marriage declared null and void. The office ministers to divorced men and women, both Catholics and non-Catholics, who are looking to marry in the Church.  

Catholic Charities Information and Appointments Number  |  920-272-8234 

Website: www.catholiccharitiesgb.org

As a community of missionary disciples, the Catholic Charities Mission Team strives to live out the mission of the Gospel in serving those who are most in need in our communities by embodying Matthew 25 and by promoting the social teachings of the Church, especially as they relate to issues of justice and human dignity. Through the Office of Catholic Charities and the Office of Living Justice, our mission team works to meet the direct needs of people in our community, while also advocating for those in need by calling attention to the systemic issues that contribute to injustice in our society. In all we do, we are committed to bringing the love of Christ to everyone we serve.

Mission Team Leader

Girotti Fr John 2015Karmen Lemke  |  920-272-8226
Mission Team Leader




The Catholic Charities Mission Team operates under the corporation title - Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay, Inc.


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay is here for you, and for those you care for, during some of life’s most challenging moments. We share the love of Christ with those we serve by providing a variety of services to all individuals regardless of their religious affiliation or beliefs. Since our founding in 1918, we have served the needs of the 16 counties in the Diocese of Green Bay. Five offices with full-time coverage and additional outreach offices mean help is available throughout Northeastern Wisconsin.

The main website for Catholic Charities is www.catholiccharitiesgb.org and we invite you to explore this site to learn more about us and reach out to us at one of our locations if you have any need related to services described here.

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Green Bay are a community of parents, teachers, administrators, clergy and religious with values rooted in the Catholic faith, all working together to provide our students with a strong foundation to become missionary disciples.  We assist Catholic schools in the formation of spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical and social lives. The schools, in turn, provide opportunities for students, families, faculty, staff and board members to grow in a commitment to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

The Catholic Schools Mission Team operates under the corporation title - Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Inc.

Catholic Foundation Direct Number  | 920-272-8197

Website | www.catholicfoundationgb.org

The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay, Inc. was established in 1997 to encourage financial stewardship and generosity by providing an avenue for faith-based giving.

These are our guiding principles:

  • Practice stewardship.
  • Be accountable to our donors.
  • Be faithful to the Church's mission.

The Catholic Foundation promotes planned and deferred giving for endowment funds that benefit Catholic parishes, schools, and other Catholic organizations. The Catholic Foundation also conducts the annual Bishop's Appeal to benefit the ministries and services of the Diocese of Green Bay.

Diedrich JoshJosh Diedrich  |  920-272-8197
Executive Director


A more detailed list of contacts is available by clicking the underlined name of any office or mission team.

The Clergy & Parish Leadership Mission Team seeks to form disciples and missionary leaders across the diocese with an infectious, missionary zeal that will win souls for Jesus Christ. At the heart of our call to become disciples is to:

  • Grow in relationship with Jesus - Discover Jesus
  • Learn from Him - Follow Jesus
  • Deepen our love for his body, the Catholic Church - Worship Jesus
  • Take that love out into the world to share it with others - Share Jesus

This team will provide for the growth of all leaders in spiritual maturity through an introduction to the great spiritual treasury of the Church. It will identify, train and inspire missionary leaders who form disciples and missionary leaders of others.

Mission Team Leader

Ferris Fr Luke 2015Very Rev. Mark Vander Steeg |  920-272-8165
Mission Team Leader & Vicar for Clergy and Pastoral Leaders


 The Clergy and Vocations Mission Team operates under the corporation title - Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Inc.

A more detailed list of contacts is available by clicking the underlined name of any office or mission team.

The Office of the Diaconate seeks to serve the Diocese by the full expression of Holy Orders.  Specifically, to have deacons who are “…men who desire to encounter the Lord, who receive his love as their way of being and who carry his capacity to listen for pain in the human heart all the while knowing where relief for that pain is found within the Church.”  Deacons provide a ministry of accompaniment, being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others...expectantly…in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey. The deacon walks with the marginalized, helping them make gradual steps toward restored sacramental communion. The formation arm of the Office of the Diaconate exists to assist in the discernment, formation and accompaniment of candidates for diaconal service to the church of the Diocese of Green Bay.

As part of the Discipleship and Leadership Formation Mission Team, the Office of Clergy and Pastoral Leaders helps form leaders of parishes to love Jesus and share Him with others. We provide experiences to teach leadership and encounter God. In this way, leaders of parishes grow closer to Jesus and the people of God. And through communication like this website, priests, deacons and pastoral leaders become more accountable to Him and their people. 

The Office of Vocations is responsible for the promotion of discovering God's particular call for disciples in the Diocese of Green Bay. Of the four particular vocations, the emphasis for this Office is on priestly vocations and providing pastors for our parishes. The Vocation Director and his team helps bring awareness to the call to the priesthood within the Diocese as well as working the seminarians in formation to become priests.

The focus of this team is to provide a strong culture of Catholic discipleship and academic excellence in the schools, as well as discipleship and catechesis in religious education, youth ministry, young adult ministry and campus ministry. This team will assist and empower parents in building homes of discipleship and active engagement in their parish and school, ministries and communities.

Gerard Hall Thumbnail PortraitGerard Hall  |  920-272-8311
Parish & Family Life Mission Team Leader


The Parish and Family Life Mission Team operates under the corporation title - Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Inc.

A more detailed list of contacts is available by clicking the underlined name of any office or mission team.

We serve Bishop Ricken and the Diocese by providing liturgical formation and policy as well as coordinate Diocesan and Episcopal liturgies. This office also works to provide liturgical and catechumenal (RCIA) resources and overall support for the liturgical and sacramental life of the parishes and agencies of the Diocese.

The Office of Marriage, Family Life and Pro-Life is in the business of promoting, strengthening and supporting marriage at all sages, not just engagement. Our office offers programming on a variety of topics for married couples and offers support to parishes in delivering the same. 

Provides parish staff and leadership with communication and relationship building tools so as to spread the Good News of the Gospel. These tools are in two primary forms: mission/pastoral planning tools and software/process tools including -

· Mission Alignment workshops for parish leadership (trustees & councils) and staff including specific application of Entrust methodologies.

· The development of goals and action steps in evangelization, discipleship and community impact

· In partnership with the Office of Catholic Schools we provide parish-school collaborative leadership support

· Pastoral planning based on parish vitality and resources

· Church Management Software support for mission (GabrielSoft) including Standard Operating Procedures and linking the system to the bigger picture in Leading All God’s People to His Kingdom

· MissionInsite demographic analysis and parish statistics

Barry Metzentine, Parish Operations and Mission Planning Director, (920) 272-8297 or CLICK HERE to send a direct message.

As part of the Families and Schools of Discipleship Mission Team, the Office of Child and Youth Faith Formation supports, trains and partners with catechetical leaders and youth ministers in our parishes to form young missionary disciples who will dynamically and faithfully live and share our Catholic Faith all the days of their lives. We do this through programs, initiatives and events that equip, resource and train catechetical leaders, youth ministers, teachers, catechists and volunteer youth workers. In addition to these, we plan, organize and create programs, pilgrimages, retreats and experiences that evangelize, disciple, equip and catechize children and youth – forming and empowering them to become Missionary Disciples.

We offer resources and guidelines for Foundational Catechetical Certification, Confirmation, approved religion textbooks, curriculum, youth ministry, best practices, RE & YM newsletter and information on upcoming events – trainings, discipleship formation workshops, in-services, retreats, conferences and special events. pdf View the 2019-2020 calendar. (393 KB)

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The Evangelization & Discipleship Mission team is at the service of the 154 parishes in the Diocese of Green Bay. Each of our offices provides formation, resources, and outreach to respond to your local parish needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything at all. Our team members are ready to serve you!

Stanz JulianneJulianne Stanz  |  920-272-8270
Mission Team Leader


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The Evangelization & Discipleship Mission Team operates under the corporation title - Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Inc., unless otherwise stated. 

A more detailed list of contacts is available by clicking the underlined name of any office or mission team.

Camp Tekakwitha is a year-round Catholic camp in Shawano, Wisconsin which serves people of all faiths through summer camp, school retreats, and a variety of group events. We welcome people of all ages to encounter Jesus Christ in an inclusive environment focused on deepening faith foundations, building long-lasting relationships, and experiencing new and exciting adventures through the ideals of the Catholic Church.

Camp Tekakwitha Website - WWW.CAMPTEKAKWITHA.ORG

The Office of Camp Tekakwitha operates under the corporation title - Camp Tekakwitha and Conference Center, Inc.


Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) in the Diocese of Green Bay proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ on our college campuses by forming faith communities that gather together in prayer, service and fellowship. We nourish the faith while fostering intentional discipleship in Christ. We inspire responsible and passionate leaders for the Church and the world. We present opportunities for all to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ, allowing the students faith to be foundational and integral part of the collegiate experience.  CCM supports students, faculty and staff in answering the call to live lives of holiness and joyfully witness to the Gospel. 

The Office of Campus Ministry operates under two corporation titles - Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Inc. for the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay & Newman Center of Oshkosh, Inc. for the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

Evangelization & Christian Initiation of Adults

We focus on helping people discover Jesus and start on the journey of discipleship. We support parishes in creating environments that welcome new members and encourage them to join the family of God.

via ya ministries 250x250Via Young Adults provides support, formation, and training for leaders in ministering to the young adults in their communities. We also host opportunities for growth and fellowship among young adults within the Diocese of Green Bay.

Via Young Adults Website



El Ministerio Hispano tiene como principal objetivo trabajar bajo la Vision y Mision de la Diocesis de Green Bay,   unidos a los objetivo del  Obispo David  L. Ricken. Algunas  de las  principales funciones del Ministerio Hispano  es ser  un vínculo  entra la comunidad hispana y la Diócesis para proveer información,  talleres, cursos u otros medios que buscan la formación de líderes parroquiales  hispanos que se encuentren colaborando activamente  en sus parroquias.  Es así  que  buscamos trabajar juntos para contrarrestar  las necesidades actuales  que surgen en la comunidad hispana en este país. 

Hispanic Ministry's main objective is to work under the Vision and Mission of the Diocese of Green Bay, united with the vision of Bishop David L. Ricken. The main functions of Hispanic Ministry is to be a link between the Hispanic community and the Diocese to provide information, workshops, courses or other resources that seek the formation of Hispanic parish leaders who are actively collaborating in their parishes. This is how we seek to work together to address the current needs that arise in the Hispanic community in this country.

The Office of Lay Leader Formation accompanies the baptized in their response to God’s call to be missionary disciples, specifically assisting those who are discerning a call to lay leadership in the Catholic Church.  This Office provides formation for ministerial leaders committed to service in parishes throughout the Diocese of Green Bay through the Emmaus Program and the Discípulos de Cristo Program.

Our office seeks to inspire, form, and equip disciples to become missionary leaders who share the Gospel throughout the world and become disciple makers.

This team has an operational focus to work cross- functionally as they support and implement the strategy with each of the Curia Teams and Parishes. The Mission Resource and Support Team is made up of each of the functional areas of the diocese and focus on developing and delivering best practices, shared knowledge and resources, and operational excellence as they work in partnership to elevate the mission, vision and values of the diocese.

Mission Team Co-Leaders

Basten TammyTammy Basten  |  920-272-8175
Mission Team Leader



The Resource and Support Mission Team operates under the corporation title - Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Inc., unless otherwise stated.

A more detailed list of contacts is available by clicking the underlined name of any office or mission team.

Through print, photography, video, web, social, and other communication channels, we lean into the Holy Spirit to direct us where the Lord is leading. Our team primarily works with the diocesan offices on their communication needs and to share the overall stories and mission of the Diocese of Green Bay. We also are happy to consult with parishes, schools, and affiliated organizations about ideas you may have for communications/marketing strategies and assist with crisis communications.

Help us share how Jesus is working in the 16 counties of northeast Wisconsin by submitting story and photo ideas to On Mission media: our print and digital magazine (will be sent to 92,000+ households six times a year, free to all households in the diocese), weekly e-newsletter, web, and social media platforms!

Visit On Mission media at OnMissionMedia.com now!

The Office of Communications & Marketing operates under the corporation title -St. Gabriel Communications, Inc.

The Office of Facilities and Properties assists the bishop in ensuring that the stewardship of all properties, physical plant and other tangible assets of the diocese are effectively administered. The office provides a variety of materials to help parishes, schools, and cemeteries practice good stewardship in the care of their properties and physical plant.

The Office of Facilities and Properties operates under the corporation title - St. Joseph Real Estate Services Corporation
Cemeteries operate under the corporation title -Green Bay Diocese Cemetery Corporation

The Office of Finance and Accounting is responsible for managing the temporal resources of the diocese. This includes administering all the diocesan investments, as well as the operating and capital budgets for diocesan administration.

The Office of Finance and Accounting operates under the corporation title - St. Therese of the Little Flower, Inc.

The Office of Human Resources supports the diocese by promoting a work environment characterized by fair treatment of employees, open communications, personal accountability, trust and mutual respect. The office provides solutions to workplace issues that support and optimize the vision, mission and values of the diocese through the administration of personnel programs and policies, and applicable federal and state laws.

Current Job Opportunities - CLICK HERE

The Office of Human Resources operates under the corporation title - St. Luke Benefit & Insurance Services Corp.

The Office of Information Technology provides support and development for technology infrastructure needs within the diocese. The office facilitates computer and network troubleshooting needs; cost effective solutions for hardware, software and network improvements; training and support in the adoption and implementation of new technologies.

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Phone: (920) 272-8111

The Office of Information Technology operates under the corporation title - St. Therese of the Little Flower, Inc.

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