Month: August 2010

Wyoming Catholic College Convocation

Sunday, the Wyoming Catholic College community gathered for the Convocation Mass of a historic year for the college.  This year the College will celebrate its first commencement!  There are now all four classes represented in this heroic effort to establish a firm footing for the Wyoming Catholic College.  The Freshman are fresh off their National Outdoor Leadership School experience.  NOLS is a great program which entails a three week outdoor hiking, camping, leadership skills course in the great outdoors of Wyoming.  I’m told one of the girl’s groups hiked around 90 miles during this time.  […]

Humility

With the clear message of the readings this weekend being humility, I thought it would be nice to post this beautiful hymn from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (2:5-11).  Have a good Sunday all! +PDE Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.  Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death […]

Meetings With Priests

Last week, I began meeting with the priests of the diocese on a deanery basis. Our first group, the Cheyenne Deanery, met at St. Walburga Abbey in Colorado just south of Laramie. The priests gather around 2:00pm and we remain together until the next day around the same time, or until after lunch. The gatherings provide us an opportunity to share with each other on a deeper level regarding the Church and our priesthood. Besides the three listening sessions, we have time to pray together, share a meal or two and simply enjoy some social […]

St. Paul Newman Center; UW

Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to celebrate Mass with the St. Paul Newman Center community in Laramie, followed by Evening Prayer with about 80 members of the UW faculty, staff, and their spouses.  After Evening Prayer, there was a nice social gathering.  It is a great way to begin a new academic year on campus.  I felt very much like a pastor in this setting this evening. For Mass, we reflected on the Gospel (Matthew 23:27-32).  Jesus is calling the scribes and Pharisees to task for their hypocrisy.  He tells them that they appear on the […]

Conception Seminary Visit

This Sunday I travelled with our Vocation Director, Fr. Bill Hill, to the Benedictine Abbey of Conception in NW Missouri.  The Benedictines operate a college seminary there, and we have three Vietnamese students and one young man from NE Wyoming presently studying for the priesthood with them.  To the left are Fr. Bill Hill, Linh Vu, myself, Duy Nguyen, Hiep Nguyen and Andrew Kinstetter. Yesterday, I had the priveledge of celebrating with the Benedictine and Seminary communities in the beautiful abbey basilica the opening Mass of the academic year.  As is usually the norm, we […]

Minimalism?

I cannot tell you how often over the years I’ve been approached as a priest, and now as a bishop, by people wanting to know “the right thing to do”. Deep down, people want to do good, and we want to support every such effort.  However, I wonder how many times I’ve walked away from such discussions thinking (not necessarily judging): “They only want the minimal requirement.” I believe Jesus addresses the issue of minimalism when it comes to our faith in this Sunday’s Gospel: Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be […]

English Translation of Roman Missal

Yesterday, the Bishops of this country received word through our Conference President, Cardinal Francis George, that we have received the official text of the English translation of the Roman Missal, third edition. For the first time since the transition from the Latin texts to English following the Second Vatican Council in the late 60s and early 70s, we have seen in recent years a new translation of the original Latin prayers used for our celebration of the Eucharist.  Even though we have grown quite accustomed to and comfortable with the prayers used in our celebration of […]

Good Shepherd

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.   In verdant pastures he gives me repose; Beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul.   He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.  You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Only goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days […]

Pictures: Friday Evening Prayer, Saturday Mass

All pictures courtesy of Matt Potter, Development Director, Diocese of Cheyenne

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