Diocese of Green Bay

 Action Steps to Accountability

 Listening Sessions
Your thoughts, questions and suggestions regarding the sexual abuse crisis we are currently facing are very important to Bishop Ricken. As part of his “Action Steps to Accountability” on the clergy sexual abuse crisis, Bishop would like to invite anyone interested to one of the following listening sessions.
St. Rose Parish, Clintonville: Wednesday, September 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. 24 7th Street, Clintonville, WI 54929
St. Mary Parish, Appleton: Thursday, September 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. 312 S. State Street, Appleton, WI 54911
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, De Pere: Tuesday, September 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. 1307 Lourdes Ave, De Pere, WI 54115
St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood: 
Wednesday, September 26 from 9-10:30 a.m. 15232 County Road F, Lakewood, WI 54138
St. Francis and St. Mary Parish, Brussels: 
Thursday, September 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. 9716 Cemetery Road, Brussels, WI 54204
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Newton: 
Thursday, October 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. 8100 Brunner Road, Newton, WI 53063
If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, but would like to speak with someone, please call Ted Phernetton at 920-272-8226


Safe Environment Office
The Safe Environment Department of the Diocese of Green Bay strives to assist parishes, schools, families, and individuals to create safe and healthy environments for children, youth and individuals at risk in all aspects of their lives in accordance with the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" and diocesan policy. Safe Environment polices and resources are available below.

Sexual misconduct by clergy, Church personnel, Church leaders and volunteers is contrary to Christian morals, doctrine and Canon Law. It is never acceptable. We recognize that sexual misconduct may have devastating consequences for the victims and their families, for the Church community, and for the transgressor. While this subject is troubling to all of us, basic information about sexual misconduct in the ministerial setting is needed in order to protect the most vulnerable among us and assure the integrity of ministerial relationships.

The Diocese of Green Bay pledges its commitment to programs and policies that:
Protect all children, youth, and individuals at risk
Heal the hearts and hopes of all affected
Foster ongoing vigilance in education

Reporting Sexual Abuse
If you know of an incident of sexual abuse of a person who is now under the age of 18 by a priest, deacon, employee or volunteer, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CALL THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES AND THEN THE DIOCESE. If the person was abused as a minor but is now an adult, please contact: Office of Safe Environment Diocese of Green Bay 920-272-8174 or 1-877-270-8174 (toll free) We always encourage you to report the incident to civil authorities. YOU MATTER TO US – THERE IS HOPE!

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay - Who We Are
The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, established on March 3, 1868, serves 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago. The Diocese works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people by helping persons in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders.
There are several ways to contact us: Phone (920) 437-7531; Mail: Diocese of Green Bay, PO Box 23825, Green Bay, WI 54305-3825; In Person: 1825 Riverside Drive, Green Bay, WI 54301 (Village of Allouez) Our Vision and Mission

Bishop David RickenThe Most Rev. David L. Ricken is the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay. 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 biography.