USCCB News Release
July 9, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pope Names Bishop Ricken Of Cheyenne To Diocese Of Green Bay
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop David Ricken of Cheyenne, Wyoming, as Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin. He succeeds Bishop David Zubik, who was named Bishop of Pittsburgh last year.
The announcement was made in Washington, July 9, by Msgr. Martin Krebs, Charge d’Affaires at the apostolic nunciature in the United States.
Bishop Ricken, 57, was named Coadjutor Bishop of Cheyenne in 1999, and Bishop of Cheyenne in 2001.
David Laurin Ricken was born November 9, 1952, in Dodge City, Kansas. He studied at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington Ohio, at Conception Seminary College in Missouri, and at the American College at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, where he earned a master's degree in theology. He was ordained a priest of the diocese of Pueblo, Colorado, on September 12, 1980. From 1987-1989, he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University where he earned a licentiate in Canon Law.
In the Pueblo Diocese he served in several administrative and pastoral positions. He was Vice Chancellor from 1985 to 1987, Diocesan Director of Vocations from 1989 to 1996, Episcopal Vicar for Ministry Formation from 1989 to 1992 and Director of Deacons from 1990 to 1995 and Chancellor from 1992 to 1996. From 1996 to 1999, he was an official at the Vatican Congregation for Clergy.
As a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Ricken has served as chair and a member of the Committee on the American College of Louvain, and as a member of the Committee on Catechesis, Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Ad Hoc Committee on Nomination of Conference Officers.