Right to life: The preeminent priority

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Bishop Ricken

Last November, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to make the right to life the “preeminent priority” of the Catholic Church in the United States. Why … Read More

Transition time and the Lord’s day

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Bishop Ricken

As you know, almost six months ago, our lives changed dramatically. As the reality of the pandemic hit us, we had to adjust quickly as the decision … Read More

Preserving our religious freedom

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Recently I saw a video that really stuck with me. In the video a Harvard professor recounted a conversation he had with a colleague from China who had … Read More

Gratitude for our health care heroes

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Every generation of young people seems to have to go through some trial — world wars, economic depressions, social and cultural revolutions. These experiences become formative for … Read More

Joyous days in our diocese

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Bishop Ricken

Brothers and sisters, It seems very unusual to speak of joyous days when the state and the country are dealing with a pandemic, but life goes on … Read More

Resisting the ‘terror on every side’

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Bishop Ricken

Brothers and sisters, In the first reading for Sunday, June 21, we heard the lament of the prophet Jeremiah, “Terror on every side.” In some ways, those … Read More

Let us pray, fast and act to end racial hatred

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Bishop Ricken

Editor’s note: This column was based on Bishop Ricken’s homily for the televised Mass for Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, … Read More

A new outpouring of the Holy Spirit

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Bishop Ricken

As I am writing this, it has now been 71 days since I announced that we would be temporarily suspending public Masses in the Diocese of Green … Read More

An update on public celebration of Mass

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Bishop Ricken

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Over these two months of “safer at home,” I have been continually inspired by the innovation and creativity I have seen … Read More