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Press Release

New Chancellor for the Diocese of Green Bay

coat-of-armsBasten-TammyGREEN BAY, Wis. (May 1, 2013) -- It is with great pleasure that Bishop David L. Ricken announces the appointment of Tammy Basten as Chancellor for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, effective June 3, 2013.

Basten will succeed Fr. John Doerfler, who has held the position since 2005. Fr. Doerfler will continue in his role as Vicar General and part-time duties supervising the Canonical Services Department. In August, he will also become a half-time lecturer at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners, Wis.

Responsible for Documents and Assisting Parishes and Agencies

In her role as Chancellor, Basten will be responsible for ensuring that the acts of the curia are drawn up and dispatched for safekeeping in the archives. She is further responsible for maintaining Diocesan documents and records, and for assisting parishes and Diocesan agencies in canonical, liturgical and civil matters. Basten will also oversee the Worship Office and the Holy Name Retreat House.

A native of Red Wing, Minn., Basten holds a bachelor's degree in communications and English literature from St. Norbert College. In 2012, she received certification from the Emmaus Program of the Diocese of Green Bay, a three-stage college credit program designed to develop ministerial leaders. Prior to her arrival at the Diocese, Basten spent her professional career in management positions within the insurance industry, including American Medical Security, United Health Care and Humana.

Served as Director of Facilities and Properties

Before her appointment as Chancellor, Basten served as Director of Facilities and Properties, with St. Joseph Real Estate Corporation of the Diocese of Green Bay, working as a resource to parishes in relation to their properties, facilities and cemeteries.

"I'm extremely humbled and excited to serve God and the church in the capacity of Chancellor for the Green Bay Diocese," said Basten. "In my current role, I have had the privilege to meet and work closely with an incredible amount of faithful people serving in the many capacities throughout the Diocese of Green Bay. It is these relationships and the guidance of family members, mentors, past leaders, and teachers that have inspired me throughout my faith journey, and I'm grateful to each of them as I move into this role. There are so many opportunities and challenges that come to us each day and it becomes ever so imperative that we stop and take time to grow closer to God and closer to one another."


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 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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