Renewing The Church

 Yesterday, while meeting with a group of parish leaders from St. Paul in Pine Bluff, a woman asked: “How do I get my kids to go to Church? They think it is boring.”  I believe she said her kids were 10, 6, and 4.  I responded, “First of all, we Read more…

The Great Commandment

I spent the morning with a wonderful faith community, St. Paul in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. This was the only Mass this weekend for St. Paul, St. Peter and St. Joseph. We had seven Confirmations, along with seven young people who made their First Communion. It was heart-warming to see the three Read more…

St. Catherine of Siena

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena.  Those who know me know that she is a favorite of mine, for many reasons.  She was a woman of great faith, whose love for the Lord was intense, mystical, persevering, and shown in practical and fruitful ways in her Read more…

Confirmation Season 2010

The Confirmation run around the state is nearly two thirds complete.  I have had the good fortune this trip of having a good friend from Indiana with me.  Mark Seabrook (see photo below) wanted to see the state, and I am benefiting not only from his company, but getting some Read more…

Good Shepherd Sunday

             This Sunday, the 4TH Sunday of Easter is traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday. In light of all the renewed interest around clergy sex abuse, I’d like to say a a few words in strong support of our priests. I know how painful this Read more…

Unity

As I travel around the state for my first Confirmation season, I’m thinking of the importance of Unity in our Catholic Church.  Also very much on my mind and in my prayer is this year’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  Also, the mere fact that I am a new bishop means I Read more…

Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Dear People of God: The time is approaching once again for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  Our goal this year is $1,707,000. This appeal is the primary source of funding for Diocesan operations, which include such important ministries as Seminary education.  This year we have ten seminarians, and will ordain one Read more…

God is Good!

Rest is a good thing!  So is time to enjoy the beauty of nature.  Spending time in nature has always been an important part of healthy re-creation for me, and God in His goodness sent me as bishop to a place where I will get all of nature I can enjoy!  Read more…