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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.


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