Month: February 2011

A Rare Opportunity

This morning I am on my way back to my former Archdiocese of Indianapolis. On Wednesday this week, they will ordain a new auxiliary bishop. The last auxiliary bishop in Indianapolis was ordained in 1933, Bishop Joseph Ritter, who later became Cardinal Archbishop of St. Louis. Bishop Christophe Coyne was a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston.  From what I am told, he has made a good first impression with the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Much to my surprise, Bishop-elect Coyne called me shortly after he was nominated, and asked me […]

The Silence of God

For some reason, the readings this weekend really touched my own experience.  Who of us has not experienced moments in our life where we sensed God’s silence, which may have also led us to mutter a word similar to that of the Prophet Isaiah:  The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me. (Is 49:14ff.) Such moments need to be tempered with the wisdom and faith found in the very next line of Isaiah: Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?  Even should she forget, I […]

Holy Trinity

Last night, I celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation for twenty young people at Holy Trinity in Cheyenne.  As I arrived at 4:30 for dinner with some priests, the snow began falling.  When I left at 8:30, there must have been at least six inches already accumulated.  It was a beautiful drive back to my residence.  Sadly, the snow also means a canceled bird hunt today.  Oh, well, it is nice to be home for a few days of rest! Our celebration last night was wonderful.  There are always many blessings at such celebrations, but one […]

A Day In Casper

There were several significant gatherings in Casper, yesterday.  The Diocesan Pastoral Council, in their role of Leadership Team for the Diocesan Pastoral Planning process along with the diocesan management team and priority task force leaders spent the afternoon together at St. Patrick.  This was the first time the task forces of the six priority groups came together to share the fruit of their labors in further defining the action steps for each of the priorities. The general consensus at the end of the day is that a lot of hard work, creativity and insight is coming […]

More From The Shepherd

Yesterday morning, I completed my visit to the Carmelite monks and needed to make my way to St. Joseph in Rawlins.  I stopped in Thermopolis to enjoy a quick lunch and visit with Fr. Hugo.  He is a wise man, and I enjoy his company and insights.  His parishioners are lucky to have him, and we are blessed that his Benedictine community shares him with us. From there, I made it to St. Joseph in Rawlins to spend the evening.  Fr. Sam Hayes’ mother recently died, and we had a prayer vigil last night, and […]

Cody & Carmel

Friday, after a brief stop in the office, I made the drive from Cheyenne to Cody.  I arrived in time to enjoy a nice visit with the local pastor, Fr. Vernon Clark.  He fixed a wonderful meal, which we shared with another priest who was in town, Fr. Eckley Macklin, solt.  I love this St. Anthony Parish and surrounding Cody area.  I always feel very at home here. Saturday morning, I drove through some light snow to just a few miles shy of the Montana border to visit our Carmelite monks…most of you know them […]

Young Adults

First, I must apologize for failing two days in a row to bring my camera along to get some pictures.  Last night, I was at St. Annin Saratoga for Confirmation.  They had a class of 8.  I had the opportunity just before Mass to meet most of them along with some of their family, and also had the chance a mingle briefly at the reception afterwards.  Once again, I am impressed with this group of young people.  Fr. Karl Millis provided some fine hospitality with a great home cooked meal, and one of the local […]

Confirmation 2011

The 2011 Confirmation season is officially underway!  We confirmed 28 students this evening from St. Paul Newman Center Parish and St. Lawrence O’Toole in Laramie. I must say, I was very impressed with this group of young people, and I told them in the homily how much the Church needs them, how much I as their bishop needs them.  They were very attentive, and responded to the renewal of baptismal promises with faith and enthusiasm.  My hopes are high for this group of fully initiated Catholics! The Gospel chosen for Mass this evening was from […]

Stewarship; Giving Our Best

For the past week, our First Reading of Weekday Mass has come from the Book of Genesis.  The creation account helps set the stage for a full and proper understanding of stewardship.  Our starting point is always: God IS.  God is Creator of all things, in the heavens above, upon the earth, and below the earth.  God is the Initiator…always and in all things. We are created in God’s image.  This may sound too basic, but there is always a bit of a temptation for us to create God in our image…this of course would be […]

St. Anne, Big Piney

Today wrapped up my parish visits to Our Lady of Peace and St. Anne.  The day began early with Mass at Our Lady of Peace at 8:00.  After Mass, I had a chance to say goodbye to the many families that came.  Sunday Mass is well attended as the Relgious Education classes follow Mass. After Mass, we loaded up and headed for St. Anne in Big Piney.  If I had to guess, I would say the church of St. Anne is one of several churches we have throughout the state built by the Catholic Extension […]

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