Month: September 2010

Bison Break

I’ve just returned from the third of five deanery priests gatherings.  In an effort to better know the priests and their concerns, as well as allow them the opportunity to better know me, I am meeting with the priests on a deanery basis beginning around 2:00pm and going until lunch the following day.  This gathering was with the Sheridan Deanery, and we stayed at the Durham Buffalo Ranch near Wright, Wyoming.  Speical thanks to the John Flocchini family for their hospitality. Our gatherings include three sessions where we simply talk about our hopes and dreams, most […]

Final Weeks & Feasts

How I love these final weeks of Ordinary Time and the Feast Days that fall within them.  The readings of these days give us such practical reminders of the “passing nature” of this world and re-orient us to our proper end, The Kingdom of God.  Today’s Feast of the Guardian Angels is another one of those reminders. John’s Gospel today has a great line calling to mind our God-given “end”…Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.  (John 1:51)  Who […]

Challenge of the Gospel

Monday, the Board of Directors for the Wyoming Catholic College met. As many of you know, the College recently received Pre-Accreditation Status.  Click here to read more.   Sunday evening, a few of the board members gathered for a home-cooked Italian meal at one of the board member’s home.  It was quite delicious!  But, that is not the topic of this blog.   At the end of the evening, a rather engaging conversation ensued around teaching the “fullness of Truth” as a proper means of assisting and preparing our people to live life at a deep and meaningful level, i.e. […]

Eternity

Today’s Gospel and readings speak to certain realities. We are called to show compassion and mercy in this life. We are called to pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness…and to lay hold of eternal life.  (First Timothy 6:11-12)  In similar fashion, the Prophet Amos warns against complacency.  (Amos 6:1)  Finally, Jesus includes in his story to the Pharisees the realities of judgement when He speaks of the rich man “in torment” and Lazarus “in the bosom of Abraham”. It is interesting that Jesus concludes this teaching to the Pharisees with a reference to […]

Timeless

There is a line in today’s first reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-11: I have considered the task that God has appointed for the sons of men to be busied about.  He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts,… This is a critical point for people of our day to understand in the discussion around the highly secularized society in which we find ourselves today.  This teaching from Sacred Scripture today helps us see why it is so important that we continue to do all we […]

Strategic Pastoral Plan

It is official. With the presentation of my Vision Statement to the clergy of the diocese this week, our strategic pastoral planning process is underway.  To read the Vision Statement, click here. With this Vision Statement, I set forth what I believe are our priorities.  This is our starting point.  From here, all pastors are asked to hold listening sessions in each parish so we can receive feedback from anyone interested in helping us set our priorities for the future.  From there, we will hold deanery listening sessions in November.  Then, a detailed report will […]

Week’s Events

After a very brief day of rest, I hit the road again on Monday.  The Casper Catholic Community is celebrating the completion of a beautiful, new Catholic School these days.  Monday evening, a very joyous crowd gathered to dedicate the chapel.  For several years, a dedicated group of visionaries and benefactors have worked hard with local pastors and parish leaders to make this dream a reality.  It is nothing short of a miracle, in days when many Catholic Schools are closing, that this community made a serious commitment to not only re-invigorate their efforts around […]

Rome Update IV

As most of this readership still sleeps, we are wrapping up our time in Rome.  One more session this early afternoon, then the American Bishops will go to the North Amercian College for a welcome from the priests and seminarians there.  Most of us will depart Rome to return to our respective dioceses in the morning. One final image from the week, which has been with me much of this week.  As you all know, we celebrated this week the feast of the Exultation of the Cross, followed the very next day by the feast of […]

Rome Update III

At this point, most of us new bishops are on overload with the amount of information received.  Overall, the presentations are quite insightful and quite helpful.  The real challenge of the week is the jet-lag complimented by the endless challenge of functioning in various languages.  As in the days of being a student here in Rome, it is always interesting to ¨rub elbows¨with people from other countries and other experiences.  The bishops of our group are 110 representing 39 different countries.  We are enjoying our time together. One of the recurring themes of the many […]

Interior Life

This past week, Luke’s Gospel spoke of the importance of the ¨heart¨, or the interior life.  Luke, following his sermon on the mount, continues to instruct that “a good tree cannot bear rotten fruit no more than a bad tree can bear good fruit.”  (cf Luke 6:43-45)  He goes on to say:  “A good person out of the store of the goodness of his heart” produces good.  In similar fashion, it is out of the store of evil in one´s heart that leads to the evil which is put into action. Matthew in his Gospel […]

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