Month: February 2015

Holding on to Unity in the Midst of Disagreement

There is nothing like mixing politics and religion to cause disagreement and great tension. Both religion and politics cause people to take strong and emotional stands.  A recent survey by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops indicates that most Catholics do not like it when the Church gets involved in politics.  But the same research also reveals that politics means getting involved in any topic that can be divisive. Such is the tension we are presently experiencing in Wyoming during these waning days of the 2015 legislative session.  It is important for all of us […]

The Invitation of Jesus; Come Follow Me.

In the Office of Readings today we read in the Book of Exodus (Chapter 3) of God’s appearance to and call of Moses from the burning bush.  One of the things I love about this season of Lent is the opportunity to read again the Book of Exodus.  Moses is such an inspiration to me, earlier as a priest, and especially now as a bishop.  Moses was sent into a very difficult situation, to deliver God’s word to a defiant King of Egypt and to lead the people of Israel out of slavery into the […]

Anti-Discrimination Bill in Wyoming Legislature

Most of this readership who reside in Wyoming know that there is presently a bill (SF 0115) making its way through the Wyoming legislature regarding expansion of our anti-discrimination laws.  You may click on the bill above to read the bill in its present form.  It essentially is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to groups already protected from discrimination by state anti-discrimination law.  Though the bill does include a religious exemption, it also limits constitutional rights to religious freedom for religious institutions and especially businesses owned and operated by people of faith. As many of you […]

Conversion to What?

To anyone paying attention during this nearly two years of Pope Francis’ papacy, he or she has learned by now that one of Pope Francis’ favorite documents is an Apostolic Exhortation by Blessed Pope Paul VI known as Evangelii Nuntiandi; On Evangelization in the Modern World. I highly recommend reading this document as a part of your Lenten journey.  If you do not own a copy, you can find it on the Vatican website here.  I am rereading the document myself, and it is absolutely clear about the mission of the Church.  I quote just […]

Choose Life!

Today the Scriptures remind us of a fundamental truth: our life is in God. Thus, Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy (30:15-20) instructs the people: Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom. If you obey the commandments of the Lord, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the Lord, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy. If however, you turn away your […]

Lent: Conversion to New Life in Christ

Ashes – a call to humbly recognize our origins: dust of the earth and the creative love of God.  As in death we return to the earth, so we shall return to God.  God is our origin and our glorious destiny.  Any accomplishments on this earth belong to God, while all failure and sin is solely our responsibility.  There is no reason for pride for any human being. Fire – burns the palms that proclaimed Christ as King on Palm Sunday into the ashes before us today.  Marked with these ashes we are reminded of […]

Conversion of Heart; Approach of Lent is the Approach of the LORD

This morning’s reading from the Book of Genesis (Genesis 6:5-8) expresses God’s grief in the face of the human capacity for evil. When the Lord saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved. While the Lord was planning to destroy all he had created from the face of the earth, he was moved by the goodness of one man, Noah. As we prepared to begin another season […]

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 […]

Created In The Divine Image: Dignity And Sacredness Of All Human Life

Today’s first reading for Mass is the continuation of the creation account from the Book of Genesis. (Genesis 1: 20 – 2: 4)Today, we hear of that marvelous, creative act of God in which He makes man.  I have long felt in the depths of my bones that if more people came to understand this one truth of the human person, many of the challenges our society faces today would simply vanish from the face of the earth. God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he […]

The Diocese of Cheyenne Celebrates Today: Ordination of Andrew Kinstetter as Transitional Deacon

Last night as we began a Holy Hour, prior to the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Andrew Kinstetter made his Profession of Faith and Deacon Oath of Fidelity.  This ceremony is very simple, yet profoundly significant. Today, this local Church gathered for Andrew’s ordination as a transitional deacon.  We are very grateful for Andrew’s generous response to God’s call to serve this Church as a deacon, and eventually, as a priest. Below is my homily for the Ordination Mass.   Deacon Ordination of Andrew Kinstetter Cathedral of St. Mary, Cheyenne, February 6, 2015 Today is […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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