Bishop Ricken, Diocese of Green Bay, WI Bishop Ricken is a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and is Chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. He is presently a member of the Bishops' Advisory Council for the Institute for Priestly Formation. He is also on the board of trustees for the Our Lady of the New Advent Theological Institute in Denver and for the Catholic Mutual Relief Society.
He attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he received his Licentiate degree (J.C.L.) in Canon Law (church law) in 1989. In 1996, when he was nominated to be an official of the Congregation for the Clergy at the Vatican where he served through December 1999.
On Jan. 6, 2000, he was ordained to the episcopacy for the Diocese of Cheyenne at the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II. On Sept. 26, 2001, Bishop Ricken succeeded Bishop Joseph Hart as the seventh leader of the Diocese of Cheyenne. Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Ricken the twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay on July 9, 2008.
Formerly he served on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' editorial oversight board for the National Directory of Catechesis and was a member the Committee for Domestic Justice and Human Development, the Committee on Home Missions, and the Committee for Canonical Affairs. He represented his region as a member of the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People. He is past-President of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. He is the former Chairman of the Committee on the American College of Louvain in Belgium.