Month: August 2012

Monastic Creations

 After Mass, the visit to Holy Name School and the ground breaking ceremony for the Habitat for Humanity home, I made my way to Dayton to visit our Benedictine Sisters at San Benito Monastery.  After all, Benedictine Sisters are somewhat like family to this bishop who has both and Aunt and a sister who are Benedictine sisters back in Beech Grove, Indiana. Monastery Creations is the name of the Gift Shop, one of the primary means by which this small group of nuns support themselves.  So, if you are looking for some great soaps of all […]

Habitat For Humanity Home in Sheridan

This morning we broke ground for a new Habitat for Humanity home in Sheridan. A few major events were the driving force behind this particular idea. This year, the Diocese of Cheyenne is celebrating its 125 Anniversary.  We also in this past year promulgated a new Diocesan Strategic Plan.  We wanted to do something significant as a means of celebrating our faith, and the thought of building a habitat home seemed both appropriate and exciting. When Fr. Jim Heiser, pastor of Holy Name in Sheridan shared with me that the parish was assessing the various […]

A Day in Sheridan

I arrived in Sheridan yesterday evening. We began today with 7:00 Mass, with a good crowd attending. The though occurred to me towards the end of Mass, that the faithful who attend daily Mass are such a blessing to the Church. We will never know in this life the good that God accomplishes through each and every Eucharist that is celebrated, and by those who prayerfully celebrate and receive the Eucharist regularly. After Mass, we headed over to Holy Name Catholic School to welcome the students as they arrived and to pray with them as […]

Courage For Truth

As the light begins to fade on this feast of the Passion of John the Baptist, I would like to capture some of my thoughts from early this morning. We are all familiar with the story of the beheading of John the Baptist.  Because St. John was courageous enough to challenge Herod and his marital status, John was silenced as a martyr for Truth.  We know now that Jesus Christ is the Truth, and we, as St. John the Baptist, are also challenged to be just as courageous in preaching this Truth. We live in […]

Wyoming Catholic College; Convocation Mass

 Yesterday, the Wyoming Catholic College community gathered for Mass to officially open the new academic year.  The Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit is typically used for such occasions.  The readings provide unique opportunity to reflect upon the goal of academic life, namely, to teach and discover at an ever more personal level, the eternal Truth, Jesus Christ.  Christ gave us His Spirit of Truth to dwell within us, as a means of keeping His promise to remain with us always. The Wyoming Catholic College provides a wonderful atmosphere of faith for these young people to […]

Marriage: Selfless Love Fully & Freely Given

This Sunday, we have the final passage of Jesus’ Eucharistic Discourse from John’s Gospel.  (Chapter 6)  During the past several weeks, Jesus has told us how he will give his Body and Blood for our food and drink.  He tells us that the bread that He will give is his flesh for the life of the world.  He teaches us that unless we eat his flesh and drink his blood, we do not have life within us. When asked if he was serious about this teaching, he re-iterated that only by eating His flesh and […]

Photos From Deacon Michael Martinson Ordination

                             

Deacon Michael Martinson

Today the Diocese of Cheyenne ordained the final permanent deacon of this year’s class of seventeen. Along with one priesthood ordination this year, this marks a tremendous moment of God’s grace and blessing in the history of this Diocese.  If the statistics I’ve read are correct, I believe this year the Bishop of Cheyenne ordained more priests and deacons for service in the local church than the Cardinal Archbishop of New York! But who is counting???  (I’m sure His Eminence will let me know if my numbers are wrong.) Sincerely, all we can do is give […]

Returning to the Fountain of Love

Before this Memorial of St. Bernard of Clairvaux draws to a close, I would like to reflect upon a simple passage he wrote. In today’s Office of Readings, St. Bernard writes: Love is a great thing so long as it contiunally returns to its fountainhead, flows back to its source, always drawing from there the water which constantly replenishes it. What is the Fountainhead, the Source of Love to which St. Bernard refers?  Clearly, that Font is God.  “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”  […]

St. Hubert, Kaycee, Wyoming

Last Tuesday was the beginning of nearly a week on the road.  I was glad to make it home last night.  After Mass Sunday morning at St. Anthony in Casper, I made my way to another Mission community; St. Hubert in Kaycee. Actually, I’m not sure why we refer to Kaycee, since the church is actually in Sussex.  St. Hubert is served by Fr. Pete Johnson out of St. John the Baptist in Buffalo.  The first Mass of St. Hubert was celebrated on January 30, 1920 in Kaycee, which is in Johnson County. For years, the […]

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