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The Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
Diocese of Green Bay (Latin: Diocesis Sinus Viridis) was established on March 3, 1868, by Pope Pius IX.[1] It covers the city of Green Bay, as well as Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago counties in Wisconsin.[2] It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Contents

1 History 2 Cathedral and shrines 3 Bishops

3.1 Diocesan bishops 3.2 Auxiliary bishops 3.3 Affiliated bishops

4 Education 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit]

Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier, Green Bay

The earliest trace of the Catholic faith in the Green Bay area was in 1634. Jesuits followed Jean Nicolet
Jean Nicolet
to the area and started to spread Gospel around the important rivers of the Green Bay area. This set a foundation for the creation of the Diocese of Green Bay, which was not officially formed until 1868. People of the area helped keep the faith until the framework of Christianity was finalized.[3] Father Claude-Jean Allouez, a Jesuit missionary, celebrated Mass with the Native Americans near the present site of Oconto on December 3, 1669, the feast of St. Francis Xavier. There he established St. Francis Xavier Mission. The mission was moved to Red Banks (northeast of Green Bay) for a short time in 1671, and then to De Pere, where it remained until 1687, when it was burned. The missionaries continued working with the Fox, Sauk, and Winnebago tribes under the protection of the French in newly constructed Fort Francis (west of the present Green Bay) until Fort Francis was destroyed in 1728. Catholicism then lay dormant in the area for almost a century.[3] In 1825, a church school was constructed of the lumber taken from St. Francis Xavier Chapel, but was soon after burned. This church was inspired by the borough of Fort Howard, which continued to expand with the settlement of the Catholic French Canadians. This group had lived in the area since the eighteenth century. The next church to go up in the area was called St. John the Evangelist. This church is the longest surviving place of worship in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
today.[3] In the early 19th century, St. John's church members spoke mostly French. It eventually became the mother church for all the churches in the Diocese of Green Bay. These churches included St. John Nepomucene in Little Chute, 1836; Holy Maternity of Mary, Manitowoc Rapids, 1848; St Edward, Mackville, 1849; St. Luke, Two Rivers, 1851; St. Anna, St. Anna, 1851; St. Peter, Oshkosh, 1853; and St. Mary (now St. Francis Xavier Cathedral), Green Bay, 1854.[3] In the spring of 1868, Pope Pius IX
Pope Pius IX
created the Diocese of Green Bay. Although the area had many French-Canadian Catholics, their numbers shrank as new settlements were set up in other places and immigrants of other nationalities came to the area.[3] Throughout the mid- to late-19th century immigrants poured in, forming their own ethnic churches. In Green Bay, the Germans established St. Mary (now St. Francis Xavier Cathedral) in 1854; the Dutch St. Willebrord in 1864; the Irish St. Patrick in 1865; the Belgians Sts. Peter and Paul in 1875; and the Polish St. Mary of the Angels in 1898. Intermarriage with non-French speakers and the growth of the English language in the area gradually weakened the bonds of the ethnic churches.[3] Cathedral and shrines[edit] The Cathedral of Saint Francis Xavier in Green Bay
Cathedral of Saint Francis Xavier in Green Bay
is the mother church of the Diocese of Green Bay. The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, in Champion, the National Shrine of Saint Joseph, in De Pere, at Saint Norbert Abbey, and Saint Joseph Oratory, in Green Bay, are located in the diocese. Bishops[edit] The following are lists of the Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
Bishops and Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Green Bay[4] and their tenures of service. Diocesan bishops[edit]

Joseph Melcher
Joseph Melcher
(1868–1873) † Francis Xavier Krautbauer
Francis Xavier Krautbauer
(1875–1885) †Frederick Francis Xavier Katzer (1886–1891) † Sebastian Gebhard Messmer
Sebastian Gebhard Messmer
(1891–1903) † Joseph John Fox (1904–1914) † Paul Peter Rhode
Paul Peter Rhode
(1915–1945) † Stanislaus Vincent Bona
Stanislaus Vincent Bona
(1945–1967) † Aloysius John Wycislo
Aloysius John Wycislo
(1968–1983) Adam Maida
Adam Maida
(1983–1990) Robert Joseph Banks
Robert Joseph Banks
(1990–2003) David Zubik
David Zubik
(2003–2007) David Laurin Ricken
David Laurin Ricken
(2008–present)

Auxiliary bishops[edit]

John Benjamin Grellinger (1949–1974) † Mark Francis Schmitt
Mark Francis Schmitt
(1970–1978) Robert F. Morneau
Robert F. Morneau
(1978–2013)

Affiliated bishops[edit]

Frank Joseph Dewane, priest of the Green Bay Diocese, appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Venice Diocese in 2006 John Francis Doerfler, priest of the Green Bay Diocese, appointed Bishop of the Marquette Diocese in 2013

Education[edit]

For a full list of Catholic Educational Institutions in the Green Bay Diocese, see the list of Schools.

Silver Lake College
Silver Lake College
and St. Norbert College
St. Norbert College
are both located within the Diocese. The Diocese also oversees 6 high school and 56 primary schools located throughout the sixteen county region. See also[edit]

Wikisource
Wikisource
has the text of the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia
Catholic Encyclopedia
article Diocese of Green Bay.

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List of the Catholic dioceses of the United States List of Roman Catholic
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dioceses (alphabetical) List of Roman Catholic
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dioceses (structured view)

References[edit]

^ Green Bay (Diocese) [Catholic-Hierarchy] ^ Diocese of Green Bay. Contact Us ^ a b c d e f Diocese of Green Bay. "A History of the Diocese of Green Bay," 2002, accessed September 30, 2011. ^ History of the Diocese of Green Bay[better source needed] Archived January 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Roman Catholic
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Diocese of Green Bay Official Site

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Bishops

Ordinaries Joseph Melcher Francis Xavier Krautbauer Frederick Katzer Sebastian Gebhard Messmer Joseph John Fox Paul Peter Rhode Stanislaus Vincent Bona Aloysius John Wycislo Adam Maida Robert Joseph Banks David Zubik David L. Ricken

Auxiliary bishops John Benjamin Grellinger Robert F. Morneau Mark Francis Schmitt

Churches

Cathedral St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier
Cathedral

Parishes St. Mary's Church, Appleton Holy Cross Church, Green Bay St. Willebrord Church, Green Bay Holy Cross Church, Kaukauna St. Mary's Church, Kaukauna St. Gregory's Church, St. Nazianz

Former Saint Joseph of the Lake Church, Menominee Indian Reservation St. Ambrose Church, St. Nazianz St. Lawrence Church, Stangelville

Shrines Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion National Shrine of Saint Joseph, De Pere

Abbey St. Norbert Abbey

Oratory St. Joseph's Oratory, Green Bay

Education

Higher education St. Norbert College Silver Lake College

High schools Lourdes High School, Oshkosh Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay Roncalli High School, Manitowoc St. Mary Central High School, Neenah St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, Marinette Xavier High School, Appleton

Priests

John Francis Doerfler Frank Joseph Dewane

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Coordinates: 44°30′48″N 88°00′57″W / 44.5133°N 88.0158°W / 44.51

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