Month: September 2012

Year of Faith Celebrations / Invitation

On October 11, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI will initiate a Year of Faith.  This is a celebration for the Universal Church to renew our life and faith in Jesus Christ.  The celebration recalls the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  As a diocese, we will also make this a celebration of our 125 anniversary as a diocese.  I wish to invite our local Church of the Diocese of Cheyenne to join us in our kickoff […]

Creation & Society Await God’s Children

Perhaps it is the intense political season. Perhaps it is the heightened awareness of a growing aggressive secularism. Perhaps it is my own continued prayer regarding how best to fulfill my ministry as a bishop. Regardless of the many currents flowing in and out of our days and the movements of the Spirit in my own life and prayer, an insight came during Morning Prayer on Thursday of this past week with this passage of Sacred Scripture. For the creation awaits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God;…  in hope that […]

Joy Breakfast

Yesterday morning, even before the beginning of the Institute program, a rather substantial group of people gathered at St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish School to honor our beloved Msgr. James O’Neill.  Msgr. O’Neill prepared for priesthood in his native Ireland and then as a young priest came to the service of the People of God of the Diocese of Cheyenne.  Now retired for a number of years, and valiantly struggling with health issues, he continues to spread faith, warmth, joy and hope to all with whom he comes into contact.  He is a great example of priesthood […]

Institute on Catechesis

  Our Diocese of Cheyenne completed today a three day institute on a priority of our Pastoral Plan, Catechesis. We were blessed with one of the largest turnouts of pastoral leaders for the September Institute in recent years, and the feedback has been positive, inspiring, and encouraging! The pastoral leaders of the Diocese gather every year for a three day Institute.  Last year, we focused on Sacrament, and this year on Catechesis; the two priorities of our Pastoral Plan for the first 18 month period which will end this June.  These Institutes play a vital […]

Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine

On the feast of St. Robert Bellarmine, many pastoral leaders from around the state of Wyoming are beginning to make their way to Casper, where this week will be held a three day institute on the topic of Catechesis.  St. Robert Bellarmine was a great, Jesuit intellect who forcefully and successfully developed arguments in defense of the faith of his time.  As such, he is the patron saint of catechists and catechumens.  Catechists are those who teach the faith, and catechumens are those learning the faith in preparation to formally profess and be received into […]

St. Leo in Lusk Celebrates 100 Years

Sunday, the faithful of St. Leo in Lusk gathered to for a marvelous celebration of 100 years of faith.  This is one of a few communities in Wyoming to have historical claims to the presence of the great missionary Jesuit, Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet.  Fr. De Smet visited nearby Rawhide Butte in 1851 while he was in the area for the Great Council at Fort Laramie.  Fr. De Smet was held in high regard by the Native Americans.  Clearly, the parish has prepared for this celebration for quite some time.  The sanctuary was nicely prepared, […]

What Does God See?

 Yesterday morning as I was picking up my breviary to pray, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the picture that serves as the screen saver on my laptop.  More than anything, it was the open door to the barn that set my mind to thinking…  I began recalling the contents of the barn, their exact location, the renovations made to the barn over the years, how dirty disorganized the barn gets when it is fully in use.  I recalled with great fondness the many days I have spent working on the farm […]

Wrapping Up Another Road Trip

After the parish visitation to St. Anthony in Cody, there was a Confirmation at St. Barbara in Powell Sunday evening. We confirmed twenty eight young people from both St. Anthony and St. Barbara.  A parishioner in Powell hosted the clergy before Mass for a lovely dinner.  These moments always give us a good opportunity to visit, and in this case, to enjoy the hospitality of a family.  Following Mass we made our way back to St. Anthony for the night.  Monday morning, the Wyoming Council of Catholic Women gathered from around the state for an […]

Pastoral Visit to St. Anthony, Cody

Friday I made my way from Cheyenne to Cody for a weekend parish visitation to St. Anthony.  One of the roles of the bishop is to visit on occasion with the People of God to hear about their life and experience in the parish.  It is also a time to review the internal structures to make sure that both the temporal and spiritual goods of the church are being properly cared and provided for. Friday evening the parish pastoral council, finance council and trustees gathered along with the priests and deacons to review the many […]

Christ Comes To Clothe Us Anew In His Life

 Last night, we held another Thursday Night Life of adoration and socializing for young adults at Holy Trinity church in Cheyenne.  We are averaging around 15 or so each month, which speaks to the real challenge of ‘reaching’ this age group.  I often told my staff as a pastor, and finding myself as a bishop repeating the same advice to my pastors: “We cannot get hung up on numbers.  We must focus on ministry and those who are responding, and allow the Lord to grant the increase.” However, having said that, I am also greatly […]

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