Month: April 2014

Living And Giving IN Christ; Unity Through Diocesan Ministries 2014

On Divine Mercy Sunday, the Diocese of Cheyenne began this year’s Living and Giving in Christ; Unity Through Diocesan Ministries 2014 appeal.  I invite you to please take a moment and view this year’s video.  The Living and Giving in Christ annual appeal is the primary means of funding our diocesan ministries.  Your kind support is greatly appreciated!

Colloquium on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament

This colloquium was held at Stanford University on Friday, April  25, 2014.  The event was hosted by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Menlo Park, California, and sponsored by the University of Notre Dame, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the USCCB, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs of Georgetown University and Boston College, and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. The colloquium gathered statesmen, policy makers, ethicists, theologians, students and Bishops with the express goal of defining the present state of the world affairs, […]

Renewed Focus On Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

Last Friday I had the opportunity to join a highly qualified group of individuals interested in raising awareness to the serious threat still posed to today’s world by nuclear weapons. I am presently writing up my own reflections from this day-long colloquium which I will share here very soon. For now, I wish to share today’s press release from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishops, Policy Specialists, Other Catholic Leaders Convene Renewed Effort on Nuclear Disarmament at Stanford University April 28, 2014 WASHINGTON—Nuclear weapons “present an existential threat to mankind,” said former U.S. Secretary […]

Two New Transitional Deacons For Cheyenne

On Saturday, April 26, Augustine Carrillo and Hiep Nguyen were ordained transitional deacons at St. Meinrad Archabbey church in Southern Indiana.  Both men are completing their third year of theological studies and will complete their formation next year and will be ordained to the priesthood in June, 2015. Congratulations! Augustine, originally from California, spent some time in the seminary several years ago.  In fact, he and another of our priests, Fr. Jim Heiser, were in seminary together.  Thus, when Fr. Heiser was looking for a new director of religious education a few years ago, he […]

No Special Effects in Real Life, Just Special People & Special Moments

For quite a long time now, I’ve noticed that Hollywood cannot seem to make a movie without an abundance of special effects. Even today’s commercials are relying more and more on special effects to create the excitement and energy that sells. In reality, there are no special effects, and reality is where ‘real life’ is lived.  Some of the best advice I ever received as  a seminarian came from my Archbishop at the time, Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara.  I had just come back to the seminary after a two year leave, and Archbishop knew that […]

Holy Week and Easter Triduum In Review

This Easter Sunday morning I am experiencing the manifold fruits and graces of the Lenten journey, and most particularly of this beautiful Holy Week.  My heart is filled with gratitude for God’s Goodness. I am told that this year, the number of people seeking the mercy of God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation far exceeds any previous year of recent memory. The attendance, and just as importantly, the participation during the Sacred Liturgies of these past few days reflects a dawning understanding and appreciation the People of God are showing for a renewed relationship with the God […]

The Lamb Of God; Risen Redeemer

Happy Easter! As always, the First Reading of the Great Easter Vigil is the creation account from the Book of Genesis.  We are called back to our roots, to our Divine DNA.  The One Who created everything we worship this Holy Night for He has now Redeemed and Restored the same creation. Everything comes from God’s creative love.   Easter is celebrated in the Spring – and not by chance.  As Cardinal Ratzinger reflects in his book, Behold the Pierced One, Jesus spoke often of “his hour” and that his ‘hour’ had not yet come on those occasions when […]

Found And Formed At The Foot Of The Cross

Homily; Good Friday, 2014 The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne We now stand at the foot of the cross. What have we seen? What have we heard? We have seen Jesus today stand before Caiaphas, the high priest, and before Pilate and those who falsely accuse him. We have seen Jesus before guards who abuse him and his own disciple, Peter, who denies and abandons him. And, we stand alongside the faithful ones, Mary and John. Before Caiaphas and Pilate, Jesus is partially on trial for claiming to be King of the Jews. In reality, […]

Do You Want To See Christ Face To Face?

Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Holy Thursday 2014 Homily, Bishop Paul D. Etienne   Who does not long to see Jesus face-to-face?  Who does not yearn for the reassurance of Christ’s love?  He comes!  Let us receive Him in the manner He chooses.   In this Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus reveals the enduring reality of the Church as He gives Himself to His apostles under the form of bread and wine.  Jesus points once again to the way of God’s love.  He who “had come from God and was returning to God” took […]

Holy Thursday; Priestly Thursday

Today, the Church enters into the Sacred Triduum, beginning with the celebration this evening of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  During this beautiful celebration, the Church recalls the Last Supper, in which Jesus loves his own to the end and offers his body and blood to his apostles under the form of bread and wine.  This Holy Night, Jesus gives us the Church and institutes the two Sacraments of Eucharist and Priesthood. As a bishop, I will spend today in prayerful thanksgiving for all of our priests, who give so generously of themselves to […]

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