Foreign his primary education, Ricken attended Sacred Heart Cathedral Grade School in Dodge City. He later attended Saint Francis High School Seminary in Victoria, graduating in 1970. As a seminarian for the Diocese of Pueblo, he attended Saint Meinrad School of Theology in Saint Meinrad, Indiana and the American College of the Immaculate Conception in Leuven, Belgium, obtaining a master"s degree in theology in 1980 from the Catholic University of Leuven.
Bishop Ricken has served as bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Early life and education Ricken did undergraduate studies in philosophy at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio and Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri, graduating from the latter institution in 1974. Ordination and ministry From 1985 to 1987, he was both parish administrator of Holy Rosary Church and Vice-Chancellor of the diocese.
In 1987, he was sent to the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from where he earned a Licentiate of Canon Law in 1989.
Ricken, upon his return to the United States, was made diocesan Vocation Director and Vicar for Ministry Formation, and became diocesan Chancellor in 1992. In 1996, he began work as an official of the Congregation for the Clergy in the Roman Curia, a position that he served until 1999.
Bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming On December 14, 1999, Ricken was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Cheyenne by Pope John Paul World War II He received his episcopal consecration on January 6, 2000 from John Paul II, with Archbishops Giovanni Re and Marcello Zago, OMI, serving as co-consecrators, in Saint Peter"s Basilica. Ricken later succeeded Joseph Hubert Hart as Bishop of Cheyenne on September 26, 2001, upon the latter"s retirement.
Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin Pope Benedict XVI named Ricken the twelfth Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin, on July 9, 2008.
Bishop Ricken was installed on August 28, 2008. On December 8, 2010, Bishop Ricken by official decree and proclamation made Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin the very first and the only site in the United States of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The ruling concluded two years of investigation officially approving the authenticity of the Marian apparitions that took place in 1859.
Committee chairman American College Louvain. Committee member Protection of Children and Young People. Board trustees Our Lady of New Advent Theological Institute, Denver.
Member of United States Conference Catholic Bishops.