Tag: Confirmation

USCCB June 2017 Meeting, Archbishop-Elect Charles Thompson

Monday of this Week, I arrived in Indianapolis for the June 2017 Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  I was pleased that a good percentage of our time together was spent discussing pastoral issues of concern to many of our people across the United States. Another highlight was our Mass together on Wednesday evening, June 14 at the Indianapolis Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.  This past year, Pope Francis asked that every Episcopal Conference offer a Mass of Prayer & Penance for Healing of Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse – and this […]

World Communication Day And The Holy Spirit

The Easter Season is drawing near its completion with the celebration of Pentecost just two weeks away (Sunday, June 4).  Pentecost Sunday is typically dedicated as World Communication Day, thus linking it to the great commission of Jesus to the Apostles: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Good News.”  (Mark 16:15). There is no greater message to communicate than the Good News of Jesus Christ! Every year, the Holy Father issues a message to mark the occasion of the World Day of Communication.  Here is what Pope Francis said in this year’s Message: […]

The Warmth & Hospitality Of Cordova

As I prepare to set out again today for two more confirmations this weekend, I want to wrap up my thoughts from this week’s visit to Cordova.  Though my brief 24 hours visit to Cordova was overcast, cool and rainy, the true warmth of the place came through. Once again, Laurie Evans-Dineen travelled with me for this trip.  Fr. Tom Killeen, the pastor, picked us up at the airport and was as generous and attentive as could be throughout our stay.  We took several drives to see as much country as possible, as well as […]

Our Lady Of Fatima, Confirmation, Graduations, And Permanent Deacons – And Mother’s Day

This is a very busy time of year for most people.  Today I wish to offer some reflections on the activities and insights of this week. Today Pope Francis celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions in Portugal of our Lady to three young children.  During Mass today, he canonized two of them, Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco Marto.  Both of these children died within a short period of time after the apparitions, and as of today are the youngest, non-martyr saints of the Church. You can read the homily of Pope Francis for this […]

Parish Visit & Confirmations at St. Francis Xavier – Valdez

Saturday morning I was up early to grab a cup of coffee, say some prayers, and make it to the airport for a 7:00 am flight to Valdez.  The weather forecast for the weekend was not promising – but in reality, Saturday was absolutely beautiful!  And so was the visit with the parishioners of St. Francis Xavier in Valdez. I had the opportunity to have a personal visit with the pastor, Fr. Eric Wiseman, as well as with their deacon, Dan Stowe.  The Parish Administrator, Michael Franklin and his wife, Christy coordinated a good part […]

Can I Have An Amen, Please?

One of the things I truly enjoy about being a bishop is the opportunity to celebrate Mass with many different parishes.  It is both a challenge and a gift to preach the Gospel in so many different settings, to so many different people.  But the one thing that remains the same, no matter where we are in the world, is the Eucharist. We are nearing the end of the time period for the first set of priorities of our pastoral plan, one of which is more attention to the sacraments. One simple word can serve […]

Confirmation Season Rolls On

Monday morning, Mark and I had some free time and decided to visit the Mountain Man Museum in Pinedale.  I was quite surprised and impressed with this out-of-the-way museum.  They have a very good book selection on the mountain man era and history.  The displays are very well done, and quite informative.  I highly recommend if you ever pass through Pinedale to pay a visit to this museum.  It is time well spent.   From Pinedale we made our way to Green River.  We were joined by priests from Rock Springs as well as Kemmerer for […]

The Easter Season Continues here at Our Lady of the Mountains

After yesterday’s graduation ceremony in Lander, we made our way over Togwotee Pass down into Jackson for an evening celebration of Confirmation. The flats coming into Jackson were full of elk and buffalo, while the Tetons were humbly veiled in heavy cloud cover.  No matter the weather, this is always a beautiful drive! I believe 44 students received the sacrament of Confirmation last night.  It was a full church!  Probably half of the class were from our Hispanic family, which certainly seems to keep growing in this part of the Church.  More and more, it […]

Snow, Meetings & Another Confirmation Run

The bishops in my support group have been emailing and texting me recently asking if I am tired of the snow yet.  Yes, Southeastern Wyoming received another foot of snow earlier this week.  The snow began Tuesday evening and continued pretty much till mid-afternoon Wednesday.  When I awoke on Wednesday morning, there was already 10″ of fresh, wet, heavy snow on the ground.  I could hear limbs breaking and falling under the weight of the pretty white stuff. The early week was heavy on the administration side of things.  It is good for the people […]

Merle Haggard And Rules For Discernment

 I wish to begin today’s entry with a salute to my classmates (1992) from the North American College.  Twenty one years ago today, we entered St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome for our deacon ordinations.  There, laying prostrate on the floor in the chapel of the Chair of St. Peter we gave our lives to the Lord for the service of His Church and people.  What a blessed walk of life and faith these twenty one years have been!  Please, God, may many more young men follow us as such ‘gentle, but ardent servants of the […]

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