Yesterday morning, I completed my visit to the Carmelite monks and needed to make my way to St. Joseph in Rawlins.  I stopped in Thermopolis to enjoy a quick lunch and visit with Fr. Hugo.  He is a wise man, and I enjoy his company and insights.  His parishioners are lucky to have him, and we are blessed that his Benedictine community shares him with us.

From there, I made it to St. Joseph in Rawlins to spend the evening.  Fr. Sam Hayes’ mother recently died, and we had a prayer vigil last night, and the Mass of Resurrection this morning.  There was a good turnout of brother priests, family, friends and parishioners.  Please keep Fr. Sam and his family in your prayers.

From Rawlins, I made my way back to Cheyenne.  This evening we celebrated the Confirmation Mass for twenty three young people at St. Joseph’s parish.  St. Joseph is on the south side of Cheyenne, and is a lovely community, which is very active, thanks to their pastor, Fr. Ray and a strong and growing Hispanic population. 

These young people were engaging, and I believe they received some good formation.

As I encourage these young people during Confirmation, it is a good reminder to us all that we are all to be witnesses to Christ, primarily by the way we live.  Our priorities and values, the things we do and do not do, the way we treat each other are our primary witness to Christ.

Keep living the faith!