Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop David Ricken, until now the Bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming, to be the twelfth Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Bishop Ricken, 57, was born in Dodge City, Kansas. After attending Saint Francis Seminary High School in Victoria, Kansas, the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio and Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri, he completed his seminary studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana and the American College at Louvain in Belgium. He was ordained a priest of the diocese of Pueblo, Colorado September 12, 1980. He later pursued studies in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and he received the Licentiate in Canon Law in 1989.
In the diocese of Pueblo, he has served as a Parochial Vicar, the Diocesan Vocation Director, the Episcopal Vicar for Ministerial Formation, the Director of the Office for the Deaconate, an Administrator of a parish, the Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor. He also served as a member of the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors, as well as the Defender of the Bond and the Promoter of Justice in the diocesan Tribunal. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as an official of the Congregation for Clergy in Rome.
In December of 1999 he was nominated as Coadjutor Bishop of Cheyenne Wyoming, and on January 6, 2001 he was consecrated a bishop at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome by Pope John Paul II. On September 26, 2001, he succeeded Bishop Joseph Hart as the Ordinary of the diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Bishop Ricken is a member of the Canon Law Society of America. Our congratulations go to the Bishop as he begins his new ministry in Green Bay. We also congratulate the community of the Christian faithful of the Diocese of Green Bay, which has been vacant since the transfer of Bishop David Zubik to Pittsburgh in September of 2007.