Month: April 2012

Ad Limina; Day Two

Day Two in Rome is concluding. Everyone has arrived from Region XIII safe and sound, and the work begins. Msgr. Jim Checchio, Rector of the Pontifical North American College (and classmate) has graciously welcomed the Region XIII Bishops and the College invited us to share the Eucharist with the community this evening, followed by a great show of hospitality and meal. Our coordinator in Rome is Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo, Director of the Institute for Continuing Theological Education, a sabbatical program in Rome for American priests.  Msgr. Figueiredo has made all of our arrangements with the […]

20 Years Ago…

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of my Deacon Ordination in St. Peter’s Basilica. Providentially, I have the grace to be back in the Eternal City to mark this occasion. Yesterday was the first day in Rome.  After arriving at the North American College, I spent some time in the Blessed Sacrament chapel where many hours were spent as a seminarian, prayerfully discerning and listening to the voice of the Lord as He lead me to His altar of Priesthood.  There is a beautiful image of the Good Shepherd on the door of the tabernacle in this chapel, […]

Clergy Changes Announced

Over the weekend, numerous parishes were learning of the changes in assignment of the priests that serve them. Below are the changes we are able to announce at this time. In recent years, we have put together most of the official pictures for our clergy, but some of the new arrivals have yet to be added to our diocesan ‘gallery’. So, my apologies for the absent photos, a ‘lacking’ I hope we can soon correct. Many bishops have shared with me over the years that making clergy changes was one of their most difficult tasks.  […]

Apologies to Approaching Confirmation Classes

As exciting as it is to be making my first ad limina visit next week, the saddest consequence is this visit falls right in the heart of Confirmation season.  I wish to apologize for my absence to all those who will be confirmed in the coming days.  I know how important this sacrament is to you, and I also miss being present with you.  Confirmation is such a great opportunity for me to be out in the diocese and to visit with all our people.  The one silver lining for you is that I will be […]

To the Holy See to see the Holy Father

Every five years, bishops make a visit to Rome to give a report on the state of affairs in their diocese. During the visit, the Bishop meets with the Holy Father, as well as the numerous offices that oversee the day-to-day business of the Universal Church. These visits are referred to as the ad limina apostolorum, or, to the threshold of the apostles.  One of the primary goals of such visits is for each bishop to renew his apostolic ministry, as a successor to the Apostles, by visiting and celebrating Mass at the tombs of […]

2012 Living and Giving in Christ; Unity Through Diocesan Ministrie

The Diocese of Cheyenne is once again in ‘launch mode’ of this year’s annual appeal; Living and Giving in Christ; Unity Through Diocesan Ministries.  This annual appeal is one of the primary funding streams for the diocesan operating budget.  Every parish in the diocese is now beginning to promote this year’s Living and Giving in Christ.  Materials are on their way to every household.  This year, for no additional cost, we were able to produce a video which we sent to each household.  Of course, I wish to share this excellent video through this blog […]

Thursday Night Life

Last night, we had our fourth gathering of young adults, known as Thursday Night Life.  These gatherings are for anyone in their 20’s and 30’s.  Another moderate crowd turned out, as usual, competing with many other calendar events.  We as a diocese have a great desire to ‘connect’ with our young adult church.  This ‘format’ of Thursday Night Life is a good way to add one more moment to the calendar for prayer, as well as a time to meet other men and women of your age group. The Gospel selection for the evening was the […]

He Is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Here is the homily for the Easter Vigil. Blessed Easter greetings to one and all! The Gospel tonight indeed proclaims Good News!  He is not here!  (Mark 16)  He is Risen!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Happy Easter!  Because the Resurrection of Jesus is a reality and a mystery yet to be fully understood, it is difficult to describe.  And yet, because of the difference it makes for us, in terms of our faith, we must do our best to express our understanding, and define it as best we can.  Indeed, if Jesus Christ is not raised from […]

Holy Saturday; A House Favorite

Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid.  And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.  (John 19:41-42) From an ancient homily on Holy Saturday Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness.  The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.  The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen […]

Good Friday Homily

Today, the universal Church joins our Blessed Mother and the Beloved Disciple at the foot of the cross.  Still today, we fulfill the prophesy of Zechariah: “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of mercy and supplication, so that when they look on him whom they have thrust through, they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and they will grieve for him as one grieves over a firstborn.”  (Zechariah 12:10) This pierced side of Jesus calls to mind the Rock […]

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