UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Green Bay Bishop David L. Ricken is one of six individuals or organizations being honored by the Catholic Education Foundation. Bishop Ricken will be inducted into CEF’s Hall of Fame during the Catholic High School Teachers Symposium and dinner on April 17.
Bishop Ricken is being honored for his role in promoting Catholic education while serving as bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyo. He co-founded the Wyoming Catholic College, a college in Lander based on a “Great Books” program and offering an innovative outdoor education component.
He also led the founding of a new elementary school in Gillette, John Paul II Catholic School, and oversaw the building of a new school building for St. Mary’s Catholic School in Cheyenne. In addition, he founded the Wyoming School of Catholic Thought, a summer program that brought together adults from around the diocese for a week of intense learning on a college level.
The teachers’ symposium brings together educational experts on topics of importance to Catholic dioceses, high schools, teachers and parents. Following Mass, the dinner speaker is Fr. Robert Sirico from the Acton Institute, who will discuss “The Role of the Catholic High School in Fostering a Just and Virtuous Society.”
Other honorees inducted into the CEF Hall of Fame are:
• Sr. Margherita Marchione, MPF, from Villa Walsh, Morristown, N.J.
• The Cardinal Newman Society, Manassas, Va.
• Fr. Christopher Phillips, Our Lady of the Atonement, San Antonio, Texas.
• Christopher Boyle, Catholic Memorial High School, Boston, Mass.
• Marianist Fr. Phillip Eichner, provincial superior, Meriba Province of the Marianists, Mineola, N.Y.
The Catholic Education Foundation is a national, grass roots effort to preserve and expand Catholic secondary schools. Its goals include providing meaningful assistance to Catholic high schools in three areas: student scholarships, teacher formation programs, and recruitment and retention of quality educators through competitive compensation.