Month: February 2016

Ordination & Installation Of New Bishop Of Superior

Last night I arrived in Superior, Wisconsin.  Today, the Diocese of Superior will ordain their 11th Bishop, the Most Reverend James P. Powers. Jim and I were college seminary classmates at St. John Vianney College Seminary, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  I am honored to serve him today as a co-consecrating bishop. Bishop Powers has served as the Administrator of Superior since their previous bishop, Peter Christensen was installed as the new bishop of Boise in December, 2014.  I enjoyed my visit with Jim during that installation, and again this […]

Year of Mercy: Deanery Retreats Scheduled

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the Church is celebrating a Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Here is a brief description of the Year from the decree of Pope Francis: The Jubilee Year of Mercy We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the […]

Jesus Overcomes Doubt And Confusion Of Satan And Helps Us Do The Same

Today’s Gospel from St. Luke (4:1-13) recalls Jesus’ temptations in the desert for forty days.  One practical consideration for us is this temptation follows immediately upon the heals of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan.  At the Baptism, Jesus is revealed as God’s Son.  Jesus receives the Holy Spirit.  In this moment, the ministry of Jesus begins, as does the Father’s will to save the world from sin. It is not uncommon for all of us to have these powerful experiences of God’s presence at work in our own life, whether during a time of retreat, […]

Senate Bill Being Introduced Friday Morning Critical For Care Facilities Such As St. Joseph’s Children’s Home

As people in Wyoming already know, during the Budget Session of the Wyoming Legislature, (every other year) the session time is reduced, and the great majority of energy is devoted to fiscal issues.  Thus, for bills to be introduced for consideration, they must first pass a two thirds majority vote for consideration.  We need your immediate help to draw attention to a bill that will be introduced Friday morning (tomorrow.) I’m asking all Wyoming readership of this blog to please reach out to legislators you may know before Friday morning, (2/12/16) to ask them to please […]

The Lenten Journey Begins: Less Consumption, More Fruit

  As I prayed last night and again this morning in preparation for this Lenten journey, the phrase came to mind: “Less consumption, more production.”  I doubt that mantra would fly for long on the lips of  present presidential candidates, but it is not an economic formula, but rather has become my spiritual goal for this Lent. First and foremost, the Lenten journey draws our attention to the sin that is at work in our lives, and to be humbled and repentant.  The Psalms speak well of the reality of sin, and our need for […]

Diocese Of Cheyenne Forming Next Class Of Permanent Deacon Candidates

For well over a year, a group within the Diocese of Cheyenne has been planning for the next round of discernment and formation of a new group of men to serve the Diocese of Cheyenne as Permanent Deacons.  I am very grateful to Deacon Joe Sandrini for taking the lead in this effort on my behalf.  I am also grateful to the deacons presently serving in the Diocese.  They perform important ministries in many of our parishes.  But, many will soon retire, and the formation process is long and demanding, so the time has come […]

Interfaith Prayer Service To Open 2016 Legislative Session In Cheyenne

For the second year in a row, the Diocese of Cheyenne invited legislators and other government officials to gather at the Cathedral of St. Mary with faith community leaders for an interfaith prayer service.  Our crowd grew from last year to this year, and once again a tremendous amount of gratitude was expressed for the opportunity to bring the community together as an expression of unity and faith. Rabbi Larry Moldo from Mt. Sinai Congregation in Cheyenne represented the Jewish community, Dr. Mohamed Salih from the Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center in Cheyenne represented our Islamic […]

Christ Seeks Out Each One Of Us: We Long For This Encounter

“The crowd was pressing in on Jesus…” In today’s Gospel (Luke 5:1-11), Jesus is seen preaching along the Lake of Gennesaret, or perhaps better known as the Sea of Galilee.  Our initial focus is not so much on the crowd as it is upon the person of Jesus.  Even though the crowd is coming to Jesus, it is Jesus who has come to them, who makes himself available to them. Jesus as God’s Son has ‘gone out’ from his heavenly home to take on our human flesh; he enters the world to meet us.  Jesus who […]

God Calls Us From The Womb Into Relationship

I mentioned recently in a previous blog that Sherry Weddell gave a great series of presentations to our clergy for this year’s clergy institute.  One of the astounding statistics she provided indicates that many Catholics do not believe it is possible to have a personal relationship with God.  This statistic alone can give tremendous guidance to every pastor and parish regarding a key priority in our day-to-day mission.  That priority is simple; lead people to Jesus Christ. Last Sunday’s first reading came from the Prophet Jeremiah, and gives a great starting point for all of […]

Our True Strength Is In God

As I sat in my chapel praying early this morning, I could hear the snow plows clearing the snow from the two major streets that run along my house.  Yesterday and last night we had one of the heaviest snows of recent years.  Two thoughts crossed my mind.  First of all, I had to get up from prayer and  watch the plows.  I was easily distracted to watch this display of the power of nature vs. the power of human ingenuity.  When I sat back down to continue my prayer, I asked the Lord: “Please, […]

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