Green Bay, Wis.(WFRV) -- Bishop David Ricken, Green Bay Catholic Diocese, "It's really a wonderful opportunity for Catholics to recommit to their faith."
As cardinals from around the world vote to elect a new pope, Catholics in Green Bay are reflecting on what this momentous conclave means.
Sister Ann Rehrauer, Director of Evangelization and Worship at Green Bay Diocese, "One of the things this event does is it helps us remember we are a global church that we have need to speak to the whole world."
This is the first time in 6-hundred years a pope will be elected while the former Pope is still alive. It's also one of the few times the conclave takes place during lent.
Bishop David Ricken, "It's a beautiful time and many graces are flowing during Lent. Graces of conversion, a return to the sacrament and penance in the mass."
Talking to Bishop Ricken says he hopes to see someone younger who will reach out to new generations and will be able to visit Catholics all over the world.
Bishop Ricken, "We have to find new ways to connect with young people that's such a priority for our bishops."
That's something many Catholics in Green Bay would like to see as well.
Parishioner John Miller, "I would like to see a younger pope, preferably under 60 years of age like Pope John Paul"
Parishioner Janice Minecken, "Our last two popes have been very holy and I think that's very important because we have to manage that great big Vatican."
Regardless of who is chosen, Catholics are excited about this new transition for the church.
Bishop Ricken, "Please pray for the cardinals pray for the whole church."