Tag: Human Dignity

Native Alaskan Values At Work In Cook Inlet Housing Authority

On Wednesday of this week, I had the delightful opportunity to meet and visit with a very inspirational woman, Carol Gore.  Carol is the President / CEO of Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) in Anchorage. Carol shared with me her experience growing up as an Alaska Native of Aleut descent.  Her mom taught her that “everyone is essential and everyone matters”.  This philosophy applies directly to the work of CIHA and their community development approach is what makes their housing communities strong, thus helping to make Anchorage a better city, one person, one community at […]

Installation Mass Homily, Archdiocese of Anchorage

Installation Homily; Co-Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe November 9, 2016; Archdiocese of Anchorage Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, DD, STL Good afternoon! Thank you for coming here to pray with us today! I wish to thank today Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States and representative of Our Holy Father, Pope Francis. I know you have been travelling quite a bit this week with ordination and installation of other bishops, and we wish to welcome you to Alaska. I wish today also to welcome Archbishop-Emeritus, Roger Schwietz. How do you like the sound […]

More On Human Dignity

The first reading for today’s Mass comes from the Prophet Ezekiel (16:1-15, 60, 63).  I find it highly symbolic of our origin in God and the dignity bestowed upon us by God.  Sacred Scriptures are such a gift, revealing God’s eternal love and plan.  Yes, we believe the Sacred Scriptures are divinely inspired and authoritative. God instructed the Prophet Ezekiel to speak to the inhabitants of Jerusalem about their infidelity.  The prophet does so by telling a story of the birth and life of a woman.  From this story we learn that our origin is […]

Lessons From The Gospel Answer Needs Of Today’s World

This Sunday the Church listens to Christ in the Gospel of Luke.  (10: 38-42)  In yet another familiar Gospel story, Jesus enters the home of his friends, Martha and Mary.  Martha is busy with the many ancient demands of hospitality, while Mary sits at the feet of Jesus. Even though Martha’s heart is in the right place, serving her visitor, she fails to recognize a higher calling of hospitality of simply ‘being present’ to Jesus.  It is this behavior Jesus exhorts by praising Mary, who ‘chose the better part.’ This Gospel account along with the first […]

My Statement Following Shooting At St. James Catholic Church in Douglas

On Thursday this week, following a funeral Mass, U. S. Marshalls shot and killed a man in the parking lot of St. James Catholic Church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Local news coverage may be found here. This is the statement I issued yesterday in light of this tragic event: At this time, it is our understanding that law enforcement officers were present on Church property following a funeral at St. James and that their intention was to apprehend a family member of the deceased, due to outstanding warrants. Immediately following the funeral Mass, the individual being sought appeared outside […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pope Francis’ Address to UN

Once again, hitting many themes near and dear to this papacy, and significant for the well being of the human family, another strong address by our Holy Father. Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for your kind words. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, I wish to express to you, Mr Ban Ki-moon, my heartfelt gratitude. I greet the Heads of […]

Labor Day and the Dignity of Human Work

On this Labor Day, we give thanks to God for the dignity of human labor.  Think of the many families that are supported through the labor of individuals.  I remember well the life my family had due to the hard work of my father, and of the loving care of our home and family by my mother.  We did not have a lot, and we did not take fancy vacations, but what we had were lots of good memories as a family. Each of us children had our own chores to perform as well.  On […]

Address At Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

This morning many of the Wyoming State legislators and other state officials gathered at Little America for the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. I was asked by Governor Mead to give this year’s address, which I share with you here. The Power and Necessity of Prayer Address at Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, February 11, 2014 The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, Bishop of Cheyenne First of all, please allow me to thank you, Governor Mead for your invitation to be with all of you this morning for this time of prayer. I wish to thank you and […]

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