Month: October 2011

Freedom of Religion

For some time now, the Bishops of this country have had growing concerns of potential restrictions on our First Amendments rights to express our religion freely.  Just this past week, two Archbishops wrote on this topic of growing concern and importance; Archbishop Dolan of New York, and Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles.  Also this week, Bishop Lori of Bridgeport, the newly appointed Chair of the newly established Bishop’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, addressed a panel before Congress on this very topic, and expressed our concerns. I strongly encourage our Catholic family to “tune in” […]

Eucharistic Marian Conference

I arrived in Jackson, Wyoming Friday afternoon to participate in this year’s return of the Eucharistic Marian Conference. Over 400 people gathered for a weekend of prayer, talks, catechesis for youth and young, fellowship and growing the faith.  The majority of people are from the Diocese of Cheyenne, but there are a number of visitors from other states as well. The conference began Friday evening with a rosary, talk, and a healing Mass.  Saturday morning, it resumed with morning prayer, several talks and Mass.  This morning, the conference continued with more prayer, talks, and concluded with […]

Two Years…

I just returned from celebrating the 6:45am Mass at our Cathedral.  Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the announcement naming me the Bishop of Cheyenne.  I offered the Mass this morning in thanksgiving for this local Church, the wonderful people of Wyoming. The words from Sunday’s second reading from St. Paul to the Thessalonians comes to mind We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love… I am also mindful of the memorial we celebrate today of […]

Image of God

 This Sunday’s readings remind us of the central role and truth of our Creator.  God speaks to the prophet Isaiah:  I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me.  (Isaiah 45:1, 4-6)  The Psalm calls us to Give the Lord glory and honor.  (Psalm 96)  St. Paul in his first Letter to the Thessalonians recalls how we are all chosen by God.  (1 Thessalonians 1:1-5)  Finally, Jesus in his usual wisdom evades the plotting of the Herodians and Pharisees by recalling that we are all stamped in the image of God. […]

Bridger Teton National Forest

Yesterday provided yet another opportunity to explore the beauty of this NW part of Wyoming.  After Mass, we loaded up some horses and headed up into the Bridger Teton National Forest.  Our guide was Al Parker.  Al looks more comfortable on a horse than most people would in their Lazy Boy.  He has hunted this area for years, and knows it quite well.  My other two companions were Harry and Vickie Flavin. It was a cloudy day, quite cool, and breezy at the highest point of our journey.  I’m more and more convinced that no […]

Praise the Creator

Today was another spectacular day enjoying the beauty of creation in Jackson. The day began with 8:00 Mass followed by an opportunity to visit with some of the parishioners. I then had one meeting, and the rest of the day to enjoy the beauty of creation. Before Mass, I got a glimpse of the excitement the whole day would hold. When I stepped out the door from my bedroom early this morning, I was greeted by a calf moose, no more than ten yards from me. Her mother was not far ahead.  I took some […]

Holy Family, Thayne

As this readership may remember, we broke ground this Spring on a new Church in Thayne, Wyoming.  As I am in the Jackson area, I decided to take the one hour drive south to see how the new church is coming along.  As you will see in the pictures below, it is now nearly completely enclosed.  If the weather cooperates, and the long-term forecast presently looks encouraging, the hope is to have the building fully enclosed by the end of October. This is an exciting project, and will be the first new church I will […]

Catholic Educators Conference

    On Monday, about 120 administrators and teachers from our seven Catholic schools gathered for a conference at St. Anthony’s Tri Parish School in Casper.  Our presenter for the day was Dr. Ray Wicks, from St. Louis.  Of course, Deacon Vernon Dobelmann was his ever present and helpful self as the Director of our Catholic Schools. More than anything, the day provided a great opportunity for our educators to come together for support and relationship building.  It offered a glimpse into the sometimes forgotten reality that “we are not alone” in our ministry of […]

Priests & Presbyterates

About a year ago, Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida asked me if I would serve as the Spiritual Moderator for their annual Priest Convocation.  I was more than happy to oblige for several reasons.  First and foremost, Bishop Lynch has been a long-time friend, and has done more for me through my years of discernment and seminary formation, priesthood, and now as bishop than I could ever repay.  I was thrilled to finally have an opportunity to do something of substance for him in return.  Secondly, I love priests, and […]

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