The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

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Bishop Ricken

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Bishop Ricken

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

You are well aware by now of the resignation of our good Pope Benedict XVI. While this came as a surprise to nearly everyone, as I have had a chance to think about his decision I am filled with gratitude for his generosity in leading and serving the church universal. Pope Benedict has worked in the center of the church at the Vatican for more than 30 years and has done so with great confidence, expertise and courageous leadership. For a man who is intellectual and contemplative and very sensitive, he has led the church in a pastoral and luminous way for the last eight years.
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Give generously to Bishop’s Appeal

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During my travels around our diocese, I am often reminded that we are ordinary people doing extraordinary things in Jesus’ name. One of those extraordinary things is … Read More

Clarity and compassion

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Bishop Ricken

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This year is the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Since this decision, over 53 million children have lost their lives. The untold damage to their families is often suffered in silence with many negative repercussions emotionally, spiritually and sometimes even physically.
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Sunday as a day of celebration, joy

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Bishop Ricken

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Celebrating the Lord’s Day, part III

 I am sure that we have all heard someone say “I don’t need to go to church to pray, my faith is between God and myself.” This individualistic mindset, which is so widespread in our culture, fails to recognize the unifying aspect of the Eucharist. Sunday is the day of the Lord but also the day of the church. On Sunday we must come together with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ so that we might be a source of strength and comfort to each other. We are united to Christ and to one another through the Eucharist. This is what it means to be a community of believers. We gather together with Christ at the head of this community to celebrate, remember and give thanks. This communion is not limited to those on earth but it is communion with all those who have gone before us in the hope of rising again. In a world that often focuses on the present, the Eucharist invites us to open our hearts in hope and love to the future of God’s promise.
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Prince of Peace

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Bishop Ricken

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On Christmas Day and through the season, we celebrate the coming of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Throughout the history of humanity, there have been wars and rumors of wars, violence and violation of innocent human beings. One of the great themes of Western literature is “man’s inhumanity to man.” We have witnessed this inhumanity again in the shootings of 6- and 7-year-old children in Connecticut, along with their teachers and administrators, by a gravely sick individual who desperately sought his own way out of whatever hole of depression and darkness he had entered. Innocence has been slaughtered and we long for peace.

 

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Sunday: The heart of Christian life

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Bishop Ricken Celebrating the Lord’s Day, part I “The Lord’s Day has structured the history of the church through two thousand years: how could we think that … Read More

An important moment

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Bishop Ricken

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It is almost time to vote and to make our choices for president and other political offices both local and national. You have often heard it said that this is a turning point in our country’s history and I could not agree more.
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The Year of Faith

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A pastoral letter from Bishop David Ricken  September 27, 2012 Bishop Ricken On Oct. 11, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI will open a “Year of Faith” for the … Read More