Rome Update II

Today was another memorable one in the lives of these new bishops. After a morning session, we dawned our cassocks and headed to the hills to the summer residence of Pope Benedict XVI for a brief audience, and an opportunity to individually greet him.  As in the lives of most Read more…

Update From Rome

Today, Sunday, our day started early with breakfast, then bus transport to St. Peter for Mass in the Basilica at 8:30.  It was a very moving experience as we celebrated Mass (fist time as a Bishop in St. Peter) at the same altar where I was ordained a Deacon 18 Read more…

Bishop’s School

Well, my friends, August was a busy month, and also very productive.  In the coming weeks, we will “launch” several new initiatives.  This month, we will convene a new Priest Council as well as a new Diocesan Pastoral Council.  As you may guess by the name, the priest council is Read more…

Discipleship / Stewardship

Today’s Gospel from Luke (14:25-33) is a marvelous teaching on discipleship, with strong overtones on stewardship. Fundamentally, this passage is a continuation of the earlier part of Chapter 14 which is all about the invitation to the Kingdom.  We see initially the righteous are invited.  Though at first, they are Read more…

St. Stephen Indian Mission

Tuesday, August 31 was an historic day for the Native American People on St. Stephen Indian Mission on the Wind River Indian Reservation.  After 126 years of ministry and service to the Native American people at the St. Stephen Indian Mission, the Jesuits transferred the Mission to the Diocese of Read more…

Wyoming Catholic College Convocation

Sunday, the Wyoming Catholic College community gathered for the Convocation Mass of a historic year for the college.  This year the College will celebrate its first commencement!  There are now all four classes represented in this heroic effort to establish a firm footing for the Wyoming Catholic College.  The Freshman Read more…

Humility

With the clear message of the readings this weekend being humility, I thought it would be nice to post this beautiful hymn from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (2:5-11).  Have a good Sunday all! +PDE Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, Read more…

Meetings With Priests

Last week, I began meeting with the priests of the diocese on a deanery basis. Our first group, the Cheyenne Deanery, met at St. Walburga Abbey in Colorado just south of Laramie. The priests gather around 2:00pm and we remain together until the next day around the same time, or Read more…

St. Paul Newman Center; UW

Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to celebrate Mass with the St. Paul Newman Center community in Laramie, followed by Evening Prayer with about 80 members of the UW faculty, staff, and their spouses.  After Evening Prayer, there was a nice social gathering.  It is a great way to begin a new Read more…