Month: May 2015

Pentecost; The Continuing Gift of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is not just an historical event. The Gift of the Holy Spirit is the ongoing life of the Church! With Evening Prayer today, the Easter Candle will be lit for the last time, except for the celebrations of the Mass of Resurrection (funerals).  This Easter season has perhaps been one of the most grace-filled Easters of my life, and I believe the reason is that God has kept me very busy with his work, and less and less focused on my own interests.  The interpretation of that statement is found in St. Paul’s Letter […]

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 […]

The Dignity of Marriage; The Love of a Man and Woman

The hits just keep on coming this weekend.  Today I had the distinct pleasure of presiding at the wedding ceremony of a beautiful young couple, who tonight are now Mr. & Mrs. Tyler Ward.  Maria is the daughter of a permanent deacon who is the Director of Pastoral Ministries for the Diocese of Cheyenne.  Tyler’s parents are active in the Cheyenne.  Tyler and Maria are both Catholic, and the faith-filled nature of their ceremony today gives me great hope. Congratulations to Maria and Tyler Ward!  Below is the homily for the occasion. Maria and Tyler, […]

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 […]

Priesthood Ordination Homily; 2015

Prieshood Ordination Homily: May 22, 2015 Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne St. Mary’s Cathedral, Cheyenne, Wyoming Deacon Hiep Nguyen & Deacon Augustine Carrillo My dear friends, welcome to the St. Mary’s Cathedral. Welcome to the Diocese of Cheyenne. I wish to extend a special word of welcome and of thanks to Augustine’s and Hiep’s families who are present with us. Thank you for sharing your sons with us, and helping them to answer the call of Jesus to serve the people of the Diocese of Cheyenne as a priest of God. I also wish to […]

UNITY: Jesus’ desire for the Church and for all

Jesus’ address to his apostles the night before he was handed over is a beautiful discourse on the Trinity.  He speaks in his own mysterious way of the love that exists between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  He does so in relationship to how this internal mystery of God is shared with all of us through him and through his gift of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus through the Incarnation comes into the world to accomplish the deep desire of God to draw every person into the ‘unity’ that exists between the three […]

Priesthood Ordinations Tomorrow; Prayer Service Tonight

Dear Friends, it is with great joy and anticipation that the Diocese of Cheyenne prepares to ordain two new priests. Yesterday I had the delightful pleasure of meeting the parents of one of our deacons.  Deacon Hiep Nguyen and his parents, Joseph and Anna (shown above) came to my residence for a warm visit. Hiep was one of three Vietnamese seminarians studying for the Diocese of Cheyenne when I arrived here five and a half years ago.  This was the first time his parents have come for a visit, and justifiably for the culminating event […]

Wyoming Catholic College Celebrates 5th Graduation Ceremony

I had the privilege this weekend to be present for the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander.  Founded in the Fall of 2007 with 34 freshmen, this year 17 men and women completed their studies and graduated as the 5th class from the College.  The College is a four year liberal arts college, with a great books program, including an outdoor leadership and equestrian program.  The overall mission of the College is to form strong leaders in the Catholic Tradition.  It is a unique program, and growing stronger every year.  This […]

Mass For Ranchers, Farmers & Families

This notice is way in advance, but I’m very excited about offering a Mass this August for Ranchers, Farmers and Families.  As many of you know, one of my joys of being a bishop is serving as the President of Catholic Rural Life, an organization dedicated to promoting the Church’s teachings on behalf of agriculture, care of the environment, and supporting the Catholic Church in Rural America. In August, The Diocese of Cheyenne will be happy to host Mr. Jim Ennis, the Executive Director for Catholic Rural Life.  Jim will be present for the Mass […]

Blessing of Crops & Livestock

Today, in the Diocese of Cheyenne, we ask God’s blessings upon our crops and livestock. We pray for all who make their living from the land, that God may bless our labors, and through them, draw us closer to Himself. Lord God, You are King of heaven and earth.  You are the Word of the Father, and through You He has given us all created things for our support.  We beg You now to consider our lowly position.  Just as You have given us help in our labors and needs, so, in Your most kind […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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