Month: May 2011

New LIFE; New Realism

This 6th Sunday of Easter, Jesus calls us again to the Truth (reality) that He is from the Father and the Life and Love He shares with the Father, He shares with us through His Holy Spirit. This is the cause of our hope. (1 Peter 3:15-18) If we love Christ, we will keep His commandments, and Christ will send us His Holy Spirit.  This Holy Spirit remains with us, and is in us. (John 14:15-21) This is Truth.  This is the reality of our faith. In October of 2008, in his opening address to the 12th […]

Another Trip In The Books

With the help of my good friend, Mark Seabrook, yesterday we completed an 1,800 mile, 11 day tour of the diocese.  Thursday, we headed from Jackson to Pinedale.  We had lunch with the affable pastor, Fr. Lucas Simango, then I spend the larger part of the afternoon catching up on some office work.  That evening, we completed a confirmation of I believe around twenty candidates just as it began snowing.   Friday morning, we were up early for the drive to Casper so I could attend the last meeting of our Strategic Planning Team.  Each […]

Bishop With A Backhoe

Wednesday, a long held dream took a big step toward reality.  For nine years or more, the Catholic people at Holy Family in Afton have been dreaming of a new church.  Their present church is a small building, built years ago as one of the “cookie cutter” churches designed and largely funded by Catholic Extension Society.  With recent efforts of pastors and parish leaders, the congregation is growing, along with their ministries.  Today, around 30 parishioners gathered for a meal in Afton to celebrate this day of dedication and groundbreaking.  A large part of recent […]

St. Patrick, Kemmerer & Our Lady of the Mountains, Jackson

This Spring 2011 Confirmation is in the home stretch.  Last night, we were in St. Patrick, and even though so many people refer to St. Patrick as in Kemmerer, it is actually in Diamondville.  Kemmerer was the original location of St. Patrick, but when the new church was built in 1973, it was just in the corporate city limits of Diamondville.  Fr. Randy Oswald has done a great job building community here.  Numerous parishioners gave me a hard time because Fr. Randy will become the new pastor at Our Lady of the Mountains in Jackson […]

St. Helen & St. Mary Magdalen

Though it was a bit cool and breezy, a great crowd gathered in Evanston Monday evening for Confirmation.  We had 35 students, including ten from Ft. Bridger, confirmed.  St. Mary Magdalen is a beautiful, old stone church, well cared for, and houses a strong, faith-filled community.  This is another part of the diocese receiving a good influx and great impact from recent immigrants from Mexico. The pastor, Fr. Jaime, is from Columbia, and is doing a great job buillding up this community of faith.  He is a real “people person”, and with his Spanish, is […]

Immaculate Conception Visit

This final Confirmation tour is just about midway.  This Good Shepherd Sunday morning found us in Green River at Immaculate Conception parish.  Eighteen students were ready to receive the sacrament, along with their families and the parish community.  This parish is blessed with a great choir and faith-filled community, so we had a beautiful celebration.  I was particularly encouraged during the reception that followed to hear one of the young men was interested in pursuing the seminary at a later date!    (Photos courtesy of Mark Seabrook) As it is Sunday, a day of rest, […]

Holy Spirit & Good Shepherd

After a full morning in Lander with the Wyoming Catholic College Community, Mark and I made our way over the South Pass to the Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Rock Springs.  The trip over South Pass was uneventful, but the cloud cover was very low with occasional snow and rain.  Even with that, it is still a beautiful drive. Passing through the Eden area, we received an unwelcome, generous dose of oil all across the driver’s side of the vehicle.  The wind was really up, and carrying some oil from somewhere.  So, our first stop […]

Historic Commencement

It has been quite an emotional, historic weekend in Lander, Wyoming, as the Wyoming Catholic College celebrated its first graduation.  What began as a dream and entailed much faith, hard work, courage and  hope in the future reached a dramatic result today.  Those who came in the Fall of 2007 not sure what to expect, both faculty, staff, students and family, and those who joined the procession along the way had something quite beautiful and significant to celebrate today! Pictured above with myself and the three co-founders, Bishop David Ricken, now bishop of Green Bay, […]

Wyoming Catholic College Baccalaureate Mass Homily

Wyoming Catholic College Baccalaureate Mass My dear friends, for many reasons, it is good to be here!   Knowing that we are here to celebrate a rather historic moment in the life of this Wyoming Catholic College, and more specifically, the lives of our graduates, I cannot help but wonder where God will continue to lead our graduates, and what God has in store for this Wyoming Catholic College…  But, for good reason, the Lord does not seek to share things of the future with us, rather, he calls us to trust in Him, and focus […]

St. Stephen’s Indian Mission

After a full morning in Cody, we had a beautiful day to drive to Riverton.  We arrived in time for a brief visit with the pastor, Fr. Tony Blount, SOLT.  The local priests from St. Margaret, St. Joseph and Holy Rosary along with Fr. Ray from Worland arrived for a meal and some time together prior to Mass.  It is always good for the priests to visit and enjoy some fraternal support.  It was a very pleasant evening. With thirty five confirmations, the church was quite full.  Music was provided by a small group from […]

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