World Day of the Poor

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Bishop Ricken

Earlier this year, Pope Francis announced that Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, would be the First World Day of the Poor. In his announcement, Pope Francis challenges us … Read More

Opioid addiction

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Bishop Ricken

You have heard me speak out in the past against what appears to be a culture of death in our society. This culture is sinister, often lurking … Read More

Catholic-Lutheran dialogue

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Bishop Ricken

In the Gospel of John, we hear Jesus’ prayer for unity on the night before he died. In particular, he prayed, “so that they may all be … Read More

Our response to sin of racism

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Bishop Ricken

Racism is an immensely complex, emotional and often very personal issue. It is not easy for any person to grow up without prejudice; we all seem to … Read More

The faces of immigration

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Bishop Ricken

Recently the bishops of the United States gathered in Indianapolis for our Spring Assembly. One of the topics of conversation was immigration, and since that time, I’ve … Read More

Easter greetings!

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Bishop Ricken

Happy Easter to each and every one of you! I know that so many of you are experiencing very difficult and challenging days consumed with ill health, … Read More

An update on parish boundaries

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Bishop Ricken

We have some very good news! After years of arduous labor, we now have completely updated and redefined parish boundaries. Your pastors have just received thorough descriptions … Read More