Tag: Priesthood

1ST Annual Archbishop’s Golf Tournament A Success!

The First Annual Archbishop’s Golf Tournament is in the books!  Wednesday, over 80 golfers turned out in support of funding and Endowment for Seminary Education.  The tournament is one of two events in which the Archdiocese of Anchorage will try to raise a minimum level of funds to qualify for a matching grant from Catholic Extension Society.  The funds will be used to grow our endowment for Seminary Education. Many of the golfers mentioned how well the tournament was organized, especially for a first time endeavor.  They also mentioned that it was an exceptional turnout, […]

In Service Of The Lord; Sent!

In a recent conversation with a brother bishop, he said that just before Easter, someone fires a gun, and we (bishops) are on a mad dash from then until the end of June with all of the activities that fill the calendar this time of year.  That is a very good analogy! On Thursday before Memorial Day, I departed Anchorage for a very full schedule of stops and visits.  The first stop was a visit with family for the very special occasion of my niece’s wedding.  McKenzie was married to David Greenwood on the Saturday, […]

The Nature Of The Church: Express The Heart Of Jesus

Homily For Holy Thursday: Given At Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-Cathedral, Anchorage “The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.” (Ecclesia De Eucharistia #1) With these words, St. John Paul II began his final Encyclical in 2003, in which he chose to write upon the mystery of the Eucharist and the life that we as Church draw from it. On this Holy Night when Jesus gathered with his disciples in the Upper Room to celebrate the First Eucharist, The Church was born.  This is the basis for our understanding that our life as Church is […]

A Good Day For The Church

Before this day ends, I would like to share a few thoughts.   Since Monday evening, the priests of Alaska along with the bishops have gathered here in Anchorage for our annual convocation.  I am tremendously impressed with the selfless dedication of these men.  These priests serve an area twice the size of Texas, or 16% of the lower 48 states!  For example, for a priest in the Archdiocese of Anchorage who covers the parish in Dutch Harbor at the end of the Aleutian Island Chain, it is a three and a half hour plane […]

Ordained A Priest 24 Years Today

My day has been filled with many fond memories, and my heart is filled with much gratitude.  Twenty Four years ago today, I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Archbishop O’Meara, Archbishop of Indianapolis, died in January, 1992, and we were still without an archbishop.  Bishop Gettelfinger, a former priest from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, was asked to be the ordaining prelate.  Bishop Gettelfinger would go on to ordain two of my brothers for his own diocese as priests for Evansville, Indiana. If memory serves me well, July 11, 1992, it was announced […]

We Give Thanks, God Has Blessed Us With Another Priest. Congratulations, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter!

Nothing like an ordination to breath new life into a local Church.  The cathedral was full for today’s ordination of Rev. Andrew Kinstetter, and it was a beautiful celebration!  Pictures from the ceremony can be viewed here, and as always, I’m very grateful to Matt Potter for his photography skills.  Homily is below. Please join us in grateful prayer to God for the blessing of a new priest! Homily For Priesthood Ordination of Rev. Andrew Kinstetter, May 20, 2016 The Gospel selected for today (John 17:6, 14-19) gives us not only a beautiful teaching of Jesus, […]

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 […]

The Easter Triduum Has Begun

To view pictures from this evening, click here. MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, 2016 CATHEDRAL OF ST. MARY; CHEYENNE MOST REVEREND PAUL D. ETIENNE, DD, STL With this Mass, we begin our celebration of the Easter Triduum, which recalls the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. At the heart of the Triduum is the cross, with its culmination being the resurrection on Easter Sunday, celebrated in all of its brilliance on Holy Saturday night. In essence, the celebrations over the next three days are all parts of one long Liturgy, just as […]

Rev. John Wright; Rest in Peace

Fr John Wright- John Anthony Wright was born in Corpus Christi Texas on November 25, 1931, the adoptive son of Fred and Pauline Gilmore. When he was 10 years old he began spending weekends and summers at a large family Ranch owned by the Gallagher’s. This family became his 2nd family. His time spent with the Gallagher’s on their ranch convinced him that rural life was what he wanted and needed. It was this attraction to rural life that eventually brought him to Wyoming. In 1951 he entered the Benedictine Monastery of Subiaco Abbey in […]

Two New Priests For Cheyenne

Yesterday, this local Church had a truly joyful celebration in bestowing the grace of Holy Orders upon two new priests; Rev. Augustine Carrillo and Rev. Hiep Nguyen.  These ordination ceremonies are powerful, not only for the families and friends of those being ordained, but for the People of God whom they will serve, and especially for the priests of the local presbyterate of whom they become the newest members. There was a great turnout of family, friends, classmates, parishioners, and of course, brother priests. There is such a strong fraternity that exists among priests.  It […]

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