Bishop Ricken names Fr. Felton vicar general

By The Compass | March 5, 2014

Priest also named director of Parish Ministry Services

GREEN BAY — Bishop David Ricken announced the appointment to the diocesan curia of Fr. Daniel Felton as vicar general/director of Parish Ministry Services, effective July 1, 2014.

Fr. Daniel Felton
Fr. Daniel Felton

Fr. Felton became the only vicar general in the diocese following the recent installation of Bishop John Doerfler as the 13th bishop of Marquette, Mich., and the retirement of Bishop Robert Morneau. The vicar general will be responsible for assisting Bishop Ricken in the governance of the diocese, with a special emphasis on diocesan outreach to parishes.

“This call of the Holy Spirit certainly was not on my radar and in my plans,” said Fr. Felton. “Like our Blessed Mother Mary, and so many others in the Scriptures, my first response to this call of the Holy Spirit is, ‘how can this be?’ But after much discernment and prayer, I must respond ‘yes’ to this Holy Spirit calling.”

Fr. Felton was born in Portsmouth, Va., on Feb. 5, 1955. He is the son of Ken and Carol Felton and the oldest of five children. He attended St. Edward School and Appleton West High School. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies and psychology from St. Norbert College in De Pere; a master of arts degree in theology from St. John University, Collegeville, Minn.; a master of arts degree in social communications and a STL in dogmatic theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

Fr. Felton was ordained a priest on June 13, 1981, by Bishop Aloysius Wycislo. His parish assignments have included Holy Innocents in Manitowoc, St. Raphael the Archangel in Oshkosh and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc. Fr. Felton was also the director of affiliate affairs for the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America.

Presently, Fr. Felton is pastor of St. Edward Parish in Mackville, St. Mary Parish in Greenville and St. Nicholas Parish in Freedom. He is the co-coordinator for the implementation of Bishop Ricken’s pastoral letter, “Called to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive.”

Fr. Felton is a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, Bishop’s Advisory Council, Personnel Board, Diocesan Finance Council, St. Norbert Board of Trustees and Silver Lake College Board of Directors. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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