Diocese of Green Bay

Easter Letter from Bishop David Ricken

We are Easter People Filled with Hope

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

While things in this world may be very uncertain right now, we must remain steadfast in our love for our Lord.  Journeying through dark times can be difficult and scary but through prayer new life becomes abundant and hope is restored.  Just as hope was restored for the disciples in the risen Jesus; we too will know that joy.  Together, we will get through this COVID-19 crisis.
As Easter people we must remember Jesus loved us so much He died on the cross for our sins so we could have eternal life.  Jesus is with us today!  As St. John Paul II said, “There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already borne for us and does not now bear with us.”
It is in this belief that we continue to deepen our relationship with Jesus.  As we remain connected to Him, I invite you to join me on Easter Sunday and every Sunday throughout this pandemic at 10:30 a.m. for a televised Mass on WFRV Local 5.   

During this upcoming Easter season some of the best ways to nurture our faith is through prayer and service to our neighbors.  Check in on a family member or a neighbor to see how they are doing.  Maybe they need help with getting groceries or medications or just a friendly voice. 

As we share the love of Jesus with others, please also remember your parish.  Our parishes care for the spiritual and in some cases the physical needs of many people.  These loving ministries happen because of your support.  One easy way to give to your parish is by visiting www.catholicfoundationgb.org/donate.  I know myself and our priests miss being with you.  We care about you and are praying for you. 

I am grateful to you and am confident we will rise in faith to overcome this pandemic.  May God bless you and your loved ones abundantly.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, DD, JCL
Bishop of Green Bay

Holy Week & Easter Live-stream Mass Schedule

I encourage you to join your parish for Holy Week and Easter live-stream Masses.  However, if your parish does not have live-stream Masses, please click here to find the live-stream Mass schedule for St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.  


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.