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Bishop Ricken to ordain two men to priesthood June 25 at the Cathedral

GREEN BAY, Wis. (June 13, 2011) -- Bishop David Ricken will ordain two transitional deacons to the priesthood of the Diocese of Green Bay this month.

In May, Bishop Ricken ordained six deacons, and recognized 22 lay people who have completed specialized training for parish service in either the Discípulos de Cristo program and or the Lay Ministry Formation Program.

Ordinations to priesthood

Bishop David Ricken will ordain Deacons William Brunner and Luke Ferris to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday June 25, 2011, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 140 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay.

Bill_BrunnerDeacon Brunner, a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Newton, has been living in Rome at the North American College. In Rome, he earned a theology degree from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Urbe and has been working on a license in theology at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce (2010-2011). Read more about Deacon Brunner

Compass story -- Experience in Rome will help Deacon Brunner’s ministry

Luke-FerrisDeacon Ferris, a member of St. Anne Parish, Coleman/Lena, has completed studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Ind., and served as a deacon at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Haubstadt, Ind., which was formed bycombining three parishes from three small towns. He assisted with the religious education and RCIA programs and preached at Mass once a month. Read more about Deacon Ferris

Compass story -- Deacon Ferris looks to apply life skills to ministry: Says nearly 20 years as educator should benefit his priesthood

Read more about Vocations to the priesthood

Ordinations to diaconate

Bishop David Ricken ordained Paul Brulla, Mark Hibbs, Richard Matuszak, David Van Eperen, Ryan Krueger and William (BJ) Van Dynhoven to the diaconate at a Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 140 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay.

Deacon Paul
Deacon Mark
Deacon Richard Matuszak
Deacon David Van Eperen
  Ryan KruegerDeacon Ryan Krueger   BJ-Van-DynhovenDeacon BJ Van Dynhoven

Deacon Krueger,a member of St. Mary Parish, Menasha, and Deacon Van Dynhoven,a member of St. John Nepomucene, Little Chute, are both studying at Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill., preparing for ordination to the priesthood.

Assignments for the other deacons are as follows:
  • Deacon Brulla will serve at the linked parishes of St. Rose, Clintonville, and St. Mary, Bear Creek.
  • Deacon Hibbs will serve at St. Mary Parish, Maplewood, and St. Peter and St. Hubert Parish, Rosiere/Lincoln.
  • Deacon Matuszak will serve at St. John the Baptist Parish, Seymour, and St. Sebastian Parish, Isaar.
  • Deacon Van Eperen will serve at St. John Nepomucene Parish, Little Chute.
Click here to see diaconate ordination photos from The Compass

Read more about the diaconate

Discípulos de Cristo

Twelve members of St. Therese Parish, Appleton, and St. Willebrord Parish, Green Bay, participated in a Graduation Mass from the Discípulos de Cristo program at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at St. Therese Church.

The Diocese of Green Bay started Discípulos de Cristo in 2006 to prepare Hispanic men and women to serve in their local parishes as catechists, RCIA leaders, liturgical ministers, organizers and leaders of prayer and retreat groups, and in ministry to youth and young adults. Studies focus on spirituality, Scripture, theology, and pastoral ministry.

Discípulos de Cristo graduates are:
  • Adriana Bravo
  • Bernardino Cano
  • Yadira Klopotic
  • Esther Madrigal
  • Ana Martinez
  • Carlos Martinez
  • Moisés Mendoza
  • Arturo Navarro
  • Rigoberto Rizo
  • Yolanda Rizo
  • María Vargas
  • Ana Vazquez

Read more about Discípulos de Cristo

Lay Ministry Formation Program Certification

At 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Cathedral, Bishop Ricken certified and blessed 10 lay people who have completed the Lay Ministry Formation Program, a nationally accredited joint effort of the Diocese of Green Bay and Silver Lake College, Manitowoc.

The Lay Ministry Formation Program is a three-step process involving personal and spiritual experiences, academic studies and a supervised practice of ministry to assist the parish director/pastor in five basic areas: pastoral ministry, liturgical ministry, faith formation, youth ministry and parish business administration.

Those who were certified are:
  • Danielle Ehlenbeck of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Kiel (coordinator of faith formation)
  • Michael (Mick) Gleason of St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Green Bay (coordinator of youth ministry and parish business administrator)
  • Robert Hendricks of Ss. Edward and Isidore Parish, Flintville (coordinator of faith formation)
  • Andrew (Andy) Huettl of St. John the Baptist Parish, Seymour (pastoral ministry coordinator)
  • Karen Kain of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Neenah (coordinator of faith formation and youth ministry)
  • Laura Knaapen of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, Oshkosh (liturgical ministry coordinator)
  • Mark Knipp of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Manitowoc (liturgical ministry coordinator)
  • Karlyn (Karly) Pennings of St. Lawrence Parish, Navarino, and Assumption BVM Parish, Pulaski (coordinator of faith formation and youth ministry)
  • James (Jim) VandeHey of Holy Cross, Kaukauna (coordinator of faith formation)
  • Patricia (Pat) Westlund of St. Bernard Parish, Green Bay (pastoral ministry coordinator)

Read more about the Lay Ministry Formation Program


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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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