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Catherine Zirngibl Named Living Justice Director for Diocese of Green Bay

coat-of-armsGREEN BAY, Wis. (July 19, 2012) -- Catherine Zirngibl of Green Bay was appointed living justice director for the Diocese of Green Bay. She assumed her new responsibilities on July 1.

Zirngibl will serve as the main diocesan contact for the Commission for Living Justice, which aids parishes in the implementation of the dignity of human life focus area that is highlighted in Bishop David Ricken's pastoral letter, "Parishes: Called to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive." She will also serve as a living justice diocesan liaison with the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, staying up-to-date on current legislation affecting the Catholic Church.

Spokesperson on Living Justice Issues

Zirngibl will be the spokesperson for living justice issues such as contraception, abortion, euthanasia, torture, and human trafficking. The living justice department includes the areas of dignity of human life, family and married life, and Catholic social justice. Zirngibl will oversee initiatives in these areas. She will also promote ways in which Catholics in the Diocese of Green Bay can actively live out the seven tenets of Catholic Social Teaching.

Zirngibl started at the diocese as the Catholic social justice coordinator in November 2011 and is eager to transition into her new role.

Always at Forefront

"Social justice was always at the forefront of my life, and living justice is the practical, hands-on work that we, as Catholics, do to live out our faith," Zirngibl said. "Living justice encompasses such a wide range of issues, so I will keep very active in my new role. I will learn about upcoming legislation and do my best to educate Catholics on issues that directly affect them. With the help of an equally passionate staff, I am hopeful we will accomplish many great things for the diocese."

In announcing Zirngibl's appointment, Sr. Ann Rehrauer, director of Evangelization, Living Justice and Worship, said, "Since Catherine joined our department, she has built relationships and networks with many people committed to the work of justice, and she continues to witness that commitment in her personal life. This promotion will give her even greater opportunities to use her skills and raise our awareness of various ways to live out our Catholic Social Teaching."

Graduated from Marquette

Zirngibl's passion to live her faith started at an early age with the guidance of her parents. She attended Marquette University in Milwaukee where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs and Spanish. She also received her Master of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature from Marquette and studied abroad in both Spain and Mexico.

After graduating, Zirngibl taught Spanish to adults on Chicago's north side. She later moved back to Milwaukee to serve as the forgiveness and wellness program coordinator at the Nehemiah Project, a group home for boys aged 13-18.


Who We Are

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 345,000 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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