Diocese of Green Bay
We are missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God.
As friends and followers of Jesus, we are devoted to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church.
Communities of Discipleship:
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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)
The 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.
Our Priorities as Disciples
Live sacramental and spiritual lives through prayer and worship.
Support marriages and families as homes of discipleship.
Stand with our parishes as communities of disciples to build abundant attendance and participation in the Mass.
Ensure Catholic schools and religious education programs foster discipleship and excellence.
Advance the call to priesthood and religious life.
Other Areas of Focus:
Serve the life and dignity of all, especially the most vulnerable.
Use all means of modern day communication to promote the mission of Christ and the Church.
Share generously God’s gifts in service to Christ, the Church and others.
Embrace the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help as a welcoming sanctuary of peace, mercy and healing.
Assist Catholic Colleges, Catholic Health Ministries, and other Catholic Institutions to strongly embrace their Catholic identity while fostering communities of discipleship.
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.