Month: August 2013

Culture Crisis Requires A Faith Response

I field a fairly regular question these days, and it goes something like this: “Bishop, what are the bishops going to do about…the HHS Mandate, or the recent Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act, or religious liberty, or about the growing support for same sex marriage?”  Obviously, there is no simple or immediate answer to such questions, but it begs a broader base of responsibility than the bishops alone. First, it is important to know that the Bishop’s Conference has taken a very strong, public stance on a number of fronts, especially […]

Meet The New President…of Wyoming Catholic College

  I arrived in Lander Sunday evening in time for dinner with the Board members and a few other guests of the Wyoming Catholic College.  After dinner, I joined the new President, Dr. Kevin Roberts and his wife, Michelle, for the traditional ice cream social with this year’s incoming freshman class.  It was a great setting to meet the newest members of the College. The freshmen were fresh off of their three week Outdoor Leadership trip into the backcountry of the Wind River Mountains.  Man, can they put away some ice cream! Monday morning at 8:30 […]

The LORD Will Gather The Nations, But The Gate Is Narrow

I’m in Riverton this weekend for a formal visitation to St. Margaret parish.  There is nothing like being with the People of God, listening to their lived experience of being Church, celebrating the sacraments and preaching the Word of God.  These realities all come together for greater clarity regarding my role as bishop, and our common work in fulfilling the mission of the Church. The readings this weekend make two things clear.  First, the Prophet Isaiah gives expression to God’s desire to gather the nations of every language.  He will send his messengers to all […]

Let All Creation Bless The LORD

Bless the LORD, all you works of the LORD.  Praise and exalt him above all forever.  Angels of the LORD, bless the LORD.  You heavens, bless the LORD.  All you waters above the heavens, bless the LORD.  All you hosts of the LORD, bless the LORD. Sun and moon, bless the LORD.  Every shower and dew, bless the LORD.  All you winds, bless the LORD.  Fire and heat, bless the LORD.  Cold and chill, bless the LORD.  Dew and rain, bless the LORD.  Frost and chill, bless the LORD.  Ice and snow, bless the LORD. Nights […]

Rev. Joseph A. Daley, 1942-2013

I learned on Tuesday last week that one of our retired priests, Fr. Joseph Daley died. Fr. Daley retired from St. Anthony in Cody July 1, 2003 for health reasons. Even in retirement, he was fiercely committed to making the weekly trip to his beloved people of St. Theresa in Meeteese. He clearly wished to ‘die with his boots on.’ As all who knew him know, he had a very strong will!   Last night, the little church of St. Theresa in Meeteese was overflowing with parishioners and friends from both Meeteese and Cody who […]

Seminarian Summer Retreat

Saturday morning I got some more drive-time in as I made my way first to Casper, and from there to a remote cabin in the southern Bighorn mountains.  I have been in several remote areas of Wyoming, but this cabin is only reached with four wheel drive and determination. I’m told this part of the Bighorns served as a vital summer pasture for the large sheep herds generations ago.  Still today, there is a large section through the Bighorns designated for such purposes, even though the sheep industry has diminished sharply over the past few […]

Marriage Sunday in Wyoming

Today, couples gathered from around Wyoming to celebrate the beauty and gift of marriage. Many dioceses around the country have such an annual celebration in the middle of winter. I have a feeling that is why it has not been celebrated here. So, we decided that today, we would invite couples who have been married 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, or more that 50 years to come to Casper to celebrate marriage. I believe 113 couples registered for the event.  The longest married couple was celebrating their 73rd anniversary of marriage!  The 113 couples together […]

Ministry In Wyoming and Howard Baker

Just a few days ago I returned from vacation. Just in the last week I’ve logged close to 1,000 miles traveling the I 80 corridor. This past weekend, I made a parish visitation to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rawlins. A bishop spends his best time with his people!  I always enjoy having time to visit with pastors to hear how they are doing, how things are going in the parish, and to give them as much encouragement as I can. After visiting with Fr. Sam Hayes, reviewing the parish facilities and records, we met with […]

God Is With Us. He Has Pitched His Tent In Our Midst.

Today’s first reading continues from the Book of Exodus. In today’s selection, we see Moses erect the Dwelling of the LORD, as God commanded.  In this Dwelling Moses placed the Ten Commandments, and the glory of the LORD filled the Dwelling.  (Exodus 40) Notice how the Ten Commandments serve for the Israelites as the very presence of God in their midst.  The stones or tablets containing the Commandments of God are treated with the utmost reverence, treated as if they are not a cold word chiseled into stone, but as a Living Word that continues […]

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