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The Most Rev. David L. Ricken is the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

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An invitation to support the American College

By | June 24, 2009

Next academic year the Diocese of Green Bay will be sending a student there for theological studies and in the next years we hope to send others to join him. As you will see from the enclosed interview, the American college is the residence for American seminarians who are attending the Catholic University of Louvain for their theological formation and degree and then they are prepared more specifically for the priesthood at the College, which is actually a house of priestly formation.

The Diocese of Green Bay has several alumni among our priests who attended the Belgian seminary many years ago, including Fr. John Van Duren and Fr. Frank Melchior, both retired now but remaining quite active, each in his own way.

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Read: Bishop Ricken kicks off ‘Louvain Initiative’.

Read: Interview with American College’s rector.

Read: Wisconsin connections.

Why Belgium? The Catholic University of Louvain has been in existence since 1425 and has been educating missionaries and professionals in the Catholic tradition since its inception. The American College was started 152 years ago to train Belgian seminarians for missionary service in the United States. Later, the American Bishops sent American students to be trained at the college and to attend the esteemed and challenging Catholic University of Louvain. The rector and priests on the staff are American priests who have some ties or connections to the college and have been appointed by the Board of Bishops, which I now have the honor to chair.

Because of the economic challenges of the past several months, the budget of the American College, which depends on contributions from the bishops, alumni, friends and donors, has been severely challenged. I am so grateful to the good people of the Diocese of Green Bay for helping me fulfill my responsibility to the seminary by your generous contributions. We are on our way to meeting the challenges but, as you can see from the income thermometer on Page 4, we still have quite a distance to go. If you could see some room for your generosity to continue an alive and very important ministry of the church, which will in a few years benefit the Diocese of Green Bay, the American College and I would be most grateful.

Enjoy reading this special presentation insert on Louvain and join me in thanking God for the two new priests ordained for the diocese this year and for the 10 new seminarians we have accepted for studies next year (2009-10) bringing our number to 22. The Lord is good and generous to His people.

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