Cheyenne Bishop Named to Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin, JULY 9, 2008 ( Benedict XVI has named the bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming, a former member of the Vatican Congregation for Clergy, as the bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Bishop David Ricken, 55, will take possession of his new diocese at the end of August.

David Ricken was born in 1952 in Kansas. He was ordained a priest in 1980 for the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado. He served in the Vatican from 1996 to 1999 and was then ordained bishop of Cheyenne.

He succeeds Bishop David Zubik, who was moved to Pittsburgh a year ago. Since last September, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has been this diocese’s apostolic administrator.

The Diocese of Green Bay has some 350,000 Catholics in 160 parishes served by about 300 diocesan and religious priests.