David L. Ricken

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David Laurin Ricken
Bishop of Green Bay
Bishop David Ricken Lifest 2012 Sermon.jpg
Ricken giving homily in 2012
DioceseGreen Bay
AppointedJuly 9, 2008
InstalledAugust 28, 2008
PredecessorDavid Zubik
OrdinationSeptember 12, 1980
by Arthur Tafoya
ConsecrationJanuary 6, 2000
by Pope John Paul II, Giovanni Battista Re, and Marcello Zago
Personal details
Born (1952-11-09) November 9, 1952 (age 66)
Dodge City, Kansas
Previous postBishop of Cheyenne
Styles of
David Laurin Ricken
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

David Laurin Ricken (born November 9, 1952) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as the twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Bishop Ricken has served as bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming.[1]


Early life and education[edit]

Ricken greeting people in 2012

David Ricken was born to George William "Bill" Ricken (d. July 1, 1993) and Bertha (Davis) Ricken (d. August 20, 2001) in Dodge City, Kansas. He has two siblings: a brother, Mark, and a sister, Carol, who is principal of St. Mary’s School in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For his primary education, Ricken attended Sacred Heart Cathedral Grade School in Dodge City.[1] He later attended St. Francis High School Seminary in Victoria,[1] graduating in 1970.[2]

Ricken did undergraduate studies in philosophy at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio and Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri, graduating from the latter institution in 1974.[1] As a seminarian for the Diocese of Pueblo, he attended St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana and the American College of the Immaculate Conception in Leuven, Belgium, obtaining a master's degree in theology in 1980 from the Catholic University of Leuven.[1]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Ricken was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Arthur Tafoya on September 12, 1980,[1] and then served as associate pastor of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo until 1985.[1] From 1985 to 1987, he was both parish administrator of Holy Rosary Church and Vice-Chancellor of the diocese.[1] In 1987, he was sent to the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from where he earned a Licentiate of Canon Law in 1989.[1]

Ricken, upon his return to the United States, was made diocesan Vocation Director and Vicar for Ministry Formation, and became diocesan Chancellor in 1992.[1] In 1996, he began work as an official of the Congregation for the Clergy in the Roman Curia, a position that he served until 1999.[1]

Bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming[edit]

On December 14, 1999, Ricken was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Cheyenne by Pope John Paul II.[1] He received his episcopal consecration on January 6, 2000 from John Paul II, with Archbishops Giovanni Re and Marcello Zago, OMI, serving as co-consecrators, in St. Peter's Basilica. Ricken later succeeded Joseph Hubert Hart as Bishop of Cheyenne on September 26, 2001, upon the latter's retirement.[1][3]

Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin[edit]

Pope Benedict XVI named Ricken the twelfth Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin, on July 9, 2008.[1] Bishop Ricken was installed on August 28, 2008.[4]

On December 8, 2010, Bishop Ricken by official decree and proclamation made Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin the very first and the only site in the United States of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The ruling concluded two years of investigation officially approving the authenticity of the Marian apparitions that took place in 1859.[5]

Hall of fame[edit]

Ricken is a 2009 inductee in the Catholic Education Foundation's Hall of Fame.[6] While the Cheyenne bishop, he had co-founded the Wyoming Catholic College, found the Wyoming School of Catholic Thought, founded the John Paul II Catholic School in Gillette, WY.[6] He oversaw the building of a new school for St. Mary's Catholic School in Cheyenne.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Welcome, Most Reverend David L. Ricken". J.S. Paluch / Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. August 2008.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Green Bay". gbdioc.org.
  3. ^ Bishop David Laurin Ricken Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Story of 'Duck Dynasty' family made in to Las Vegas musical". WBAY.
  5. ^ National Catholic Register: "Bishop Ricken: Why I Approved the Apparition" December 8, 2010
  6. ^ a b c "Bishop Ricken to be inducted into education foundation's Hall of Fame". The Compass: official newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. April 3, 2009.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
David Zubik
Bishop of Green Bay
2008 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joseph Hubert Hart
Bishop of Cheyenne
Succeeded by
Paul D. Etienne
Preceded by
Coadjutor Bishop of Cheyenne
Succeeded by