Month: May 2013

To The Graduates of 2013

Last night I had a delightful celebration with a group of high school graduates from Cheyenne. They and their family and friends gathered for a 5:15 Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The opening line of the Gospel was a marvelous teaching moment for this year’s graduates. “The disciples were on the way, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went ahead of them.” (Mark 10:32) Every graduate is certainly an a journey. They have just completed one of life’s major milestones. They have big plans for their life’s journey. The invitation of the Gospel: Let your […]

Corpus Christi Adoration With Pope Francis

As a part of the Year of Faith, Pope Francis is inviting Catholics from around the world to join him in an hour of Eucharistic Adoration on this Sunday’s Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Since the hour Pope Francis will be in prayer at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome coincides with the regular Sunday Mass times in our diocese, we will join him ‘in spirit’ at 3:00 pm with an hour of adoration at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  I invite all who are in the Cheyenne vicinity to please join me in […]

Trinity Sunday; God Bless America

On the Nation’s Memorial Day, we also celebrate Trinity Sunday. As we honor those who have served and still serve our nation and the cause of freedom, we give thanks and glory to God, the source and foundation of creation, all human life, and thus all society and freedom. The first reading today from the Book of Proverbs is basically another ‘creation account.’  The ‘voice’ of Proverbs is nothing less than the Wisdom of God, the Holy Spirit.  (No wonder we believe that all of Sacred Scripture is inspired by God.)  The reader is reminded […]

True Discipleship; Intentional Discipleship

Today’s readings are a marvelous combination of Scriptures that have provided much guidance to me over the years, particularly when I was discerning my vocation to the priesthood. The first time the passage from Sirach came to my attention I was a seminarian at the North American College in Rome.  I was visiting another student, and this passage was framed and hanging on his wall.  I remember we had quite a discussion about the significance of this biblical wisdom. My son, when you come to serve the LORD, stand in justice and fear, prepare yourself […]

A Day On The Bighorn River With Bob Krumm

Some weeks ago, I knew it was time to relax.  As with any healthy lifestyle, we all need at times to disengage from the day-t0-day demands to rejuvenate.  Everyone needs to find ways to do just that.  Given the time of year, I figured it would be a great opportunity to visit my friend Bob Krumm and make another float trip on the Bighorn River in Montana.  Just having that trip on the books was a great carrot at the end of the stick. Even though the day turned out to be quite hot, (90 […]

Another Confirmation Season In The Books

Wednesday evening in Kemmerer concluded this year’s Confirmation season.  Pentecost Sunday I will Confirm a group of adults here in Cheyenne, but this year’s travel season is now complete.  Eight young people were confirmed at St. Patrick’s Wednesday evening. A special thanks goes to my good friend, Mark Seabrook, who was a tremendous help to me during this final eight day visit around the state.  It was a tremendous relief to have someone do the driving, as well as make sure nothing was left behind from one stop after another. I am particularly grateful to […]

Confirmation Season Rolls On

Monday morning, Mark and I had some free time and decided to visit the Mountain Man Museum in Pinedale.  I was quite surprised and impressed with this out-of-the-way museum.  They have a very good book selection on the mountain man era and history.  The displays are very well done, and quite informative.  I highly recommend if you ever pass through Pinedale to pay a visit to this museum.  It is time well spent.   From Pinedale we made our way to Green River.  We were joined by priests from Rock Springs as well as Kemmerer for […]

Strong Ties Between Confirmation & New Evangelization

  When we left Jackson Sunday morning, the skys were clear, and the Tetons were visible once again in all their beauty.  I believe the analogy here is that just as it is impossible to never tire of the beauty of these mountains, so we will neve tire of gazing upon the Beauty of God for all of eternity. The first stop on Sunday was Alpine, a small town in Star Valley, just north of Thayne where we dedicated a new church last June.  I had the opportunity to visit with one of our permanent […]

The Easter Season Continues here at Our Lady of the Mountains

After yesterday’s graduation ceremony in Lander, we made our way over Togwotee Pass down into Jackson for an evening celebration of Confirmation. The flats coming into Jackson were full of elk and buffalo, while the Tetons were humbly veiled in heavy cloud cover.  No matter the weather, this is always a beautiful drive! I believe 44 students received the sacrament of Confirmation last night.  It was a full church!  Probably half of the class were from our Hispanic family, which certainly seems to keep growing in this part of the Church.  More and more, it […]

Wyoming Catholic College Graduation Day

 Today, the third class will graduate from the Wyoming Catholic College. Family and friends gathered with the College community yesterday evening for a Baccalaureate Mass and dinner.  Bishop Edward Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa, was the homilist last night, and will give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony later today. In the short life of this fledgling College, the tradition is that the graduates gather with parents for the President’s Dinner.  A few awards are given and the President address those in attendance.  This was the final year for outgoing President, Fr. Robert Cook. Fr. […]

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