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Bishop Ricken Announces New Strategic and Mission Plan for Catholic Schools

Diocese of Green Bay 150th Anniversary LogoNEENAH, Wis. (Jan. 25, 2018) -- Today Bishop David L. Ricken, bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, shared with students, principals, system presidents, board members, and community leaders the new Disciples on the Way: Strategic and Mission Plan for Catholic Schools. This report comes after an 18-month study concerning Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Green Bay, facilitated by Meitler Consulting, a group based out of Milwaukee that specializes in working with Catholic dioceses and schools.

Five Key Steps

The live event at St. Mary's Catholic Middle School in Neenah highlighted the five key steps to vibrant Catholic Schools built upon missionary discipleship. These include:

  • Our Students - Our schools will be schools of student discipleship.
  • Our Staff - We will support great school leaders and staff and help realize their plans.
  • Our Education - We will enhance our academic excellence at all schools.
  • Our Operations - We will showcase professional excellence in all our operations.
  • Our Funding - We will fund our schools to be great.
  • A recording of Bishop's announcement and support materials can be found at www.gbdioc.org/catholicschools.

Todd BlahnikTodd Blahnik New Office of Catholic Schools

Along with the five key steps, Bishop Ricken also established the Office of Catholic Schools and appointed Todd Blahnik as Superintendent. The new Office of Catholic Schools will also have two Associate Superintendents, as well as two new support positions including Director of Advancement, Marketing, and Enrollment Management and School Finance Director.

Key Statistics

Below are key statistics about Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Green Bay:

  • Number of Students Enrolled (2017-2018)
    • Pre-School: 1,230
    • Elementary (K-8): 5,817
    • High School: 1,763
  • Number of Faculty & Professional Staff (2017-2018)
    • Elementary (PK-8): 838
    • High School (9-12): 210
  • 54 Schools

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Who We Are

As friends and followers of Jesus, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is devoted to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. We are missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God. Established in 1868, the diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.

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