Bishop Ricken recalls personal connection to Pope John Paul II

By | January 14, 2011

“I was truly happy to hear this news, although not surprised. Everyone knew from both the quality and quantity of the Pope’s leadership that he was not only in touch with God, but in communion with God.

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Bishop Ricken

“The benefits of his pontificate have, in many ways, just begun.”

Bishop Ricken was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on Jan. 6, 2000, in Rome. He worked under the Holy Father for four years in the Congregation for the Clergy.

“What an awesome gift this is,” said Bishop Ricken. “A staff member in Cheyenne (his previous diocese) once remarked what a special blessing it was that at my ordination my head was touched by the hands of a saint.”

Due to scheduling conflicts, Bishop Ricken will be unable to attend the beatification ceremony. A previously planned pilgrimage sponsored by The Compass, the diocesan newspaper, is scheduled to arrive in Rome on May 1.

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