Month: January 2015

Called and Sent to Live the Gift of Faith

In today’s readings, we hear in the Letter to the Hebrews about faith, which is defined as follows: Faith is the realization of what is h0ped for and evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) It was by the gift of faith that Abraham was capable of answering God’s call to leave behind the familiarity of his homeland to journey to a place where God would make of him a great nation.  Abraham and his descendants believed in God’s promise to be with them.  They believed in the faithfulness of God.  They believed in the love […]

God’s Holy, Faithful People

As I write this entry, I am in Burlington, Vermont for the installation of their new bishop, The Most Reverend Christopher Coyne.  Bishop Coyne was originally a priest from the Archdiocese of Boston, and in March of 2011 was ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Since that time, we have been in the same support group of bishops. During the Evening Prayer service last night, Bishop Coyne took official possession of his cathedral as the 10th Bishop of Burlington.  This particular liturgical ceremony begins with a simple, yet profound moment when […]

God Is Always Calling …

This Third Sunday in Ordinary Time instructs us that God is always calling us. The clearest example today comes from Mark’s Gospel. Jesus calls Simon and Andrew away from their nets to “Come after me.” Again, he finds James and John working with their father and he calls them to follow him. These ‘call accounts’ are easy to recognize as such, but let us take a closer look at the work of God in Jonah’s life and through him, calling to the people of Nineveh. The scriptures tell us that Nineveh was on the brink […]

Open To Life: Walking Closely With Christ

In the days of this week when this nation recalls the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade (1973) which legalized abortion, I would like to offer a few reflections. As we face the reality of abortion in this nation, the first thing we are faced with is a legal system (which is made up of men and women) that is willing to be stingy with the truth if not outright lie about what is taking place.  By law, moral and civil, to take the life of any human being is a crime.  Yet, when it comes […]

Cheyenne Clergy In Casper For January Institute

  Every year, we gather the diocesan priests and deacons for a few days of prayer and renewal. The national norms for both priests and deacons call for various forms of on-going formation. These days are set aside each year for purposes of offering such formation as well as the opportunity for strengthening fraternity through prayer and quality time together. This year we are very fortunate to have as our speaker Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV.  Fr. Gallagher is a well known member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.  The community is dedicated to promoting […]

Our Mission: Lead Others To Christ

In the readings this Sunday, we hear how Eli helped Samuel understand that God was calling him. We hear how St. John the Baptist points the way to the Lamb of God. And once Andrew follows and discovers Christ, he goes to bring his brother Simon Peter to Jesus. We must all do the same. Here is an excerpt from my recent pastoral letter: Generous Distributors of God’s Grace which expands upon this account of Samuel. The Role of Parents, Families, Parishes: Recognizing “The Call” Most of us are probably familiar with the bible story […]

Morning Interfaith Prayer Service @ St. Mary’s Cathedral In Cheyenne To Kickoff Legislative Session, 2015

This morning, we celebrated what appears to be an historical event at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne. The 2015 legislative session begins today in Wyoming, and for several years I have been wanting to bring together faith and government leaders to pray for the work of our legislators.  Today, that dream came to life.  We were blessed with a great representation of all three branches of government, including Governor Mead. Also making a strong showing were state-wide faith leaders from the majority of faith communities.  Present were Rabbi Larry Moldo, from the Mt. Sinai congregation in […]

New Pastoral Letter: Generous Distributors of God’s Grace

As 2015 begins, I wish each of you a very blessed new year! After some final edits and formatting, my recent pastoral letter is now available on line (here) and will soon be mailed from the printers to every home in the Diocese of Cheyenne.  I pray you will take the time to read this letter, and more importantly, join us in carrying out these new priorities for our Diocese. As we are making our resolutions for the new year, I hope a few of those resolutions involve renewing your relationship with Jesus Christ, through […]

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