Month: April 2016

St. Catherine Of Siena; If She Were To Write Someone Discerning Their Vocation Today

As this readership already knows, this bishop has a great devotion to St. Catherine of Siena, whose feast we celebrate today.  She wrote many people during her short but very active life, and each of her letters were replete with rich doctrine.  Very often her letters were means of encouraging people in their own faith journey. Today, I wrote a young man who asked me some time ago to pray for his vocation.  I decided that this feast of St. Catherine would be a good time to write him. Modelling my letter on one of […]

Christ Our Life And Our Peace

In today’s Gospel (John 14: 27-31) Jesus prepares his disciples for his passion and death.  For the final time, he instructs them that he will be leaving them, but only to return.  He reassures them that even though the ‘ruler of the world is coming,’ he has no power over Jesus. Then Jesus says an interesting thing: He (the ruler of the world) has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me. (John 14: 30-31) Even though the […]

Rev. Daniel Colibraro; Rest In Peace

On Friday of this week, many people came together to celebrate the Mass of Resurrection for one of our retired priests, Fr. Dan Colibraro.  Father was born to Italian immigrant parents in Casper, Wyoming in 1922.  He died early Tuesday morning, April 19.  He has a younger sister, Sr. Mary Carlo, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, and a younger brother, also a priest of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Rev. Phil Colibraro. Father Dan was a brilliant man, with a unique personal history.  He had a profound capacity for math.  I’m told when he could […]

Thanks Sr. Ruth Ann Hehn, SCL

With great joy and gratitude, people gathered today with Sr. Ruth Ann Hehn at Holy Trinity for Mass and a luncheon to celebrate her retirement as Administrator of Holy Trinity Manor. For twenty-six years she faithfully shared with the manor residents the love of Jesus Christ. Sr. Ruth Ann is a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas.  Her religious community professes a vision that embraces the charisms of Saints Vincent, Louise and Mother Xavier. Those charisms live vibrantly in Sister as a disciple who truly loves the poor and chooses to live simply as a child of God. […]

Spring Birds; More Spring Snow

When the birds begin to sing in the early morning dawn, everyone knows that spring is just around the corner.  I have always been an early riser, and I love the sound of birds chirping before sunrise.  For the first time this week I have witnessed this wonder of nature once again. I should have known there is another harbinger of spring, when lacking, also indicates that winter has not yet relinquished its grip.  Normally, the turkey cannot keep from gobbling this time of year, but they have been noticeably quiet so far this spring.  Now I […]

As Church We Walk With One Another

For some time now, I have been increasingly aware of the number of people around the state of Wyoming who have lost their jobs. Over the last two years, there have been steady layoffs in the oil and gas industry, with other jobs being lost in the coal mining industry. With the impact on these core economic drivers other areas of the economy are also beginning to feel the impact. Besides those who have lost jobs, other business are also experiencing a slowdown, leading to less demand for their products and services, meaning fewer hours […]

Peter Renews His Love For The Risen Lord; The Risen Lord Identifies Love With Service

Today’s Gospel (John 21:1-19) is one of my favorites.  In John’s Gospel this is the third time that Jesus appears to the disciples after being raised from the dead.  I believe it took all three appearances for the disciples to finally fully understand the significance of the resurrection for their lives. Immediate conversions are rare, and so it was for the disciples.  Their hearts were broken after Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.  Their hopes for the future were dashed, leaving them confused and disillusioned.  There was a process involved in which even the Risen Lord needed […]

Clergy Assignments Announced This Weekend

One of the most important efforts of a bishop is the assignment of priests to parishes.  Perhaps one of the things that creates the most amount of consternation among the People of God is the transition of priests from one parish to the next.  It is wonderful that people love their priests so much.  Therefore it is easy to understand why their is so much frustration when priests are reassigned. Having said that, it is also important for everyone to understand that priests are ordained for service to all of the people of a given […]

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