Month: June 2014

In Another HHS Ruling Today, Diocese of Cheyenne and Affiliates Granted Injunction Pending Relief From Tenth Circuit Court

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a decision in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties.   The Court ruled that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “preventive services” mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as applied to these employers to the extent that it would have forced them to provide insurance coverage for drugs and devices that violate their religious convictions on respect for human life.  This decision of the Supreme Court indicates that Americans should have the right to follow their faith while operating […]

Entering Silent Mode

It has been a wonderful feast day! And, the good stuff is just beginning. I arrived at St. Meinrad this afternoon in time to settle in and join the monastic community for Solemn Vespers. Not a bad way to enter into a weeklong retreat… The tabernacle at left is found in the Blessed Sacrament chapel of the abbey church, which is behind the great pipe system for their organ.  I plan on spending many hours with the Lord in this holy place, and it is one of my favorites. There is something very sacred about this […]

Saints Peter and Paul; Foundation of Faith

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.  The mere fact that this solemnity over-rides the usual Sunday celebration tells us much of the significance of these two saints. In Rome, it is a particularly favored day in the liturgical year recognizing that the Church was built upon the faith of Peter: “Lord, you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  (Matthew 16:16)  Similarly, though the primacy goes to Peter, the Church recognizing the great teacher, Paul along with his great faith and perseverance: “I have fought the good fight; I […]

Sacred Heart of Jesus and Priesthood Anniversary

An this Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I celebrate my 22nd anniversary as a priest, the last four and a half years of which have been in the capacity of Bishop of Cheyenne.  I have so very much to give thanks for this day.  I was up very early this morning so that I could celebrate a Mass before departing (once again) for the airport.  Certainly, for every priest, there is no better manner or place to give thanks for the gift of the priesthood than the altar of the Lord. Since this […]

Another “New” Priest For Cheyenne

I would like to welcome to the Diocese of Cheyenne Fr. Arulanandu David.  I told Father that he will have to get used to people around here calling him “Fr. David” since most of us will struggle with his first name. Fr. David will become the new parochial administrator of St. Patrick in Kemmerer along with its two missions of LaBarge and St. Dominic in Cokeville.  He will arrive in Kemmerer this Thursday. We are so very grateful to the Diocese of Nellore for sharing priests to minister in our Diocese.  Fr. David had a […]

As Cultivated Ground Receives the Rain, Open Hearts Recieve God’s Love

Last evening I went out after a brief rain thinking it would be easy to pull weeds in my small flower garden.  To my disappointment, I discovered only the surface was moist, and I needed a tool to break the ground deep enough to pull the weeds from their roots.  I realized after the weeds were pulled that having broken the ground in the process, this would be a good time to give the flowers some water.  I thought the rain was over for the evening. Then, around 9:45 pm a huge thunderstorm moved through, […]

Ordinations Reveal Providence & Goodness of God

While yesterday’s ordination is still vivid and fresh in memory, I wish to share a few thoughts.  The Cathedral has been full in my time as bishop for numerous other joyful celebrations, but this standing room only congregation came to celebrate like none I have witness before.  Clearly, the local church, with the home parishes of each ordinand well represented, came to give thanks to God for the gift of these two new priests.  The cathedral has known good liturgy and good music, but the liturgy for this celebration was elevated to a new level. […]

Two New Priests For Cheyenne

Here is the homily from today’s ordination ceremony. I’ll be back later with photos. Please join the Diocese of Cheyenne in grateful prayers for the gift of these two new priests; Rev. Bob Rodgers and Rev. Brian Hess. There are very few moments in a local church filled with the kind of joy and hope as when the People of God gather to ordain new priests. Deacon Bob and Deacon Brian, you have just been formally called to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders and to join the Order of Priests, to share in the […]

On Our Knees … Day of Prayer for Priestly Vocations

A reminder that tomorrow is a Diocesan-wide Day of Prayer for Priestly Vocations.  I hope you will join us in prayer.  For those of you in the Cheyenne area, we will have a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration at the Cathedral from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Thanks, Bishop Etienne

Pope Francis Calls For Day of Prayer For Peace in Holy Land, Pentecost Sunday

This Sunday, June 8, Pope Francis will meet with President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas to spend time in prayer for peace in the Holy Land.  The meeting will take place at the Vatican.  During Pope Francis’ recent visit to the Holy Land, he extended the invitation to President Peres and Mr. Abbas to come to the Vatican to pray for peace.  Both leaders accepted his invitation. As we know, peace between Israel and Palestine has been an illusive pursuit for quite some time.  Such a history creates doubts in the minds of many about the […]

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