Month: June 2013

Wyoming Youth Off To Rome

UPDATE:  It is now Friday, 2:00pm in Frankfurt.  Our travelers are on a four hour layover waiting for our flight into Rome.  We arrive this evening around 5:30pm.  The flight to Frankfurt was uneventful.  Though weary, the group has lots of excitement.     Yesterday evening, the youth began gathering at Holy Trinity in Cheyenne for a pilgrimage to Rome.  In total, 105 youth and adults will depart today to spend a week in Rome, with some side trips to Assisi, Monte Cassino, and other points south of Rome along the Amalfi coast. They began […]

Statement Regarding Today’s Supreme Court Rulings On Marriage

Today the Supreme Court ruled on two very important cases impacting marriage.  The Court struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and did not reach the merits of the Proposition 8 case out of California but instead chose to remand the case back to the lower court based on a lack of standing. I am deeply saddened by the actions of the Supreme Court; justice demands that government at all levels has a duty to recognize and uphold marriage’s unique meaning.  The truth is that marriage is the only institution that […]

Seeking Perfection In The Spiritual Life

In recent weeks, I’ve been experiencing one of those graced moments that come along every so often in one’s spiritual journey. In short, the Good Lord has been calling me to a greater level of spiritual integrity.  I was beginning to ‘pamper’ myself in ways that were slowly focusing on self, rather than the Lord.  Such infringements lead to transgressions, as well as begin to cut off the Light of grace. So, I began making adjustments where needed.  One other necessary component during this time has been a greater frequency in receiving the sacrament of […]

Religious Liberty; Rooted In Dignity Of The Human Person

As our Fortnight For Freedom progresses this summer, today seems an appropriate moment to reflect upon the innate freedom of every human person to give expression to their relationship with God.  Today the Church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist.  We read in Sacred Scripture that this birth was announced to Zechariah by an angel of the Lord. The angel even goes so far as to describe the life mission of John.  (Luke 1: 525) The Sacred Scriptures give plenty of other evidence that we are all created by God, from the foundation […]

Pay Attention! Know Christ And Know Yourself

Years ago I worked more closely with seminarians as a vocation director, and later as a vice rector of a college seminary. I learned then (and recalled from my own years as a seminarian) that seminarians have a unique capacity to exaggerate the elements of their priestly formation. For example, they used to dream up outrageous scenarios of busy priests.  One of the funniest ones I remember was their imitating a priest with a cell phone:  Phone rings.  Priest answers: “Hello … yes, just a minute … I’m in the middle of something … “I […]

Rev. James Doudican, 65 Years of Priestly Ministry

  Last night friends and parishioners gathered at Holy Trinity Church in Cheyenne to celebrate the 65th anniversary of priesthood for Fr. James Doudican. He was ordained in Ireland June 6, 1948, and sent directly to America.  He was called to the rector’s office of the seminary as a young man and told with no fanfare and no discussion that he was being sent to Cheyenne.  No other information was shared.  Father assumed this was a diocese in China, as he wanted to be a missionary. As Fr. Cronkleton said in last night’s homily, after the […]

Goodness Alone Insufficient; Christ Alone Saves

Today’s readings are clear about the reality of sin.  In our selection form the Second Book of Samuel, Nathan tells King David his sin.  “Why have you spurned the Lord and done evil in his sight?”  Once his sins are made known, David honestly takes responsibility. Psalm 31 is also an invitation to us to acknowledge our sin before God:  “Lord, forgive the sins I have done.”  In the Gospel today, Jesus speaks directly about the reality of sin, and demonstrates that He alone has the power to forgive our sins. As Jesus enters the […]

National Catholic Rural Life Conference

As I write, I’m sitting once again in the Denver airport on layover in route to San Diego for this week’s Bishops’ meeting. I was sitting here just a few days ago on a return trip from St. Paul back to Cheyenne. A few weeks ago, I was invited to become a board member of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference.  As I have always had an attraction to the rural way of life, I was eager to accept the invitation.  What came as a surprise was the fact that I also became the President […]

Can I Have An Amen, Please?

One of the things I truly enjoy about being a bishop is the opportunity to celebrate Mass with many different parishes.  It is both a challenge and a gift to preach the Gospel in so many different settings, to so many different people.  But the one thing that remains the same, no matter where we are in the world, is the Eucharist. We are nearing the end of the time period for the first set of priorities of our pastoral plan, one of which is more attention to the sacraments. One simple word can serve […]

Prayer Breakfast With Wyoming Stock Growers Association

This morning was an early public start as I joined the Wyoming Stock Growers Association for their annual prayer breakfast.  As I have been in Wyoming now for three and a half years, I appreciated the invitation to offer an inspirational message this morning. I am becoming more aware of a disturbing reality in our world today, and that is how separated people are from their use of energy and their knowledge and understanding of where that energy comes from.  The same is true of food.  People have little perception or appreciation for where food […]

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