Tag: Discernment

USCCB Retreat

Just a few days ago, our USCCB Retreat concluded.  We gathered at the request of Pope Francis, and enjoyed the direction and wisdom of the Preacher of the Papal Household, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM.  With nearly 280 bishops registered, which is a similar number of those who are present for our plenary assemblies, we experienced a unique opportunity over the course of six days to pray together.  While Bishops gather regularly for retreats on a Regional basis, this year’s retreat was a rare gathering of the entire body of bishops from the United States. As […]

Listening Sessions Are Underway: Come Help Us Discern Our Future

With fifteen months now under my belt, I’m excited to begin a series of listening sessions as we begin a formal process of discerning and defining our Mission as the local church of the Archdiocese of Anchorage.  We held the first session last week at Sacred Heart in Wasilla, and it yielded the kind of input that I have been hoping for.  I’m sure the remaining sessions will also be fruitful. We envision the first round of sessions to be complete by June, with a more focused round of sessions to resume in the Fall. […]

Young Adults Pray and Discuss Discernment

ast night, I met again with about 30 young adults for Adoration, discussion, and social time.  I am so encouraged by this group of young men and women who are giving priority to their faith.  Thanks to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish for hosting our gathering last night. As always, we began with time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  Just about everyone today can use more quiet time, and silence before the Lord in prayer is a good way to place everything in his hands, and rediscover the peace of heart which only he […]

Dealing With Worldy Entities; Living By Spiritual Realities

For the past few days, during Mass we have been reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.  Yesterday’s passage touched me deeply, because it spoke directly to a challenge of our day.  Please take a moment to read this passage from St. Paul: The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God. Among men, who knows what pertains to the man except his spirit that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the […]

St. Catherine Of Siena; If She Were To Write Someone Discerning Their Vocation Today

As this readership already knows, this bishop has a great devotion to St. Catherine of Siena, whose feast we celebrate today.  She wrote many people during her short but very active life, and each of her letters were replete with rich doctrine.  Very often her letters were means of encouraging people in their own faith journey. Today, I wrote a young man who asked me some time ago to pray for his vocation.  I decided that this feast of St. Catherine would be a good time to write him. Modelling my letter on one of […]

Clergy Assignments Announced This Weekend

One of the most important efforts of a bishop is the assignment of priests to parishes.  Perhaps one of the things that creates the most amount of consternation among the People of God is the transition of priests from one parish to the next.  It is wonderful that people love their priests so much.  Therefore it is easy to understand why their is so much frustration when priests are reassigned. Having said that, it is also important for everyone to understand that priests are ordained for service to all of the people of a given […]

The Church Is Called To Be Fruitful In Each Member And Every Parish

By design, the Creator uses the things of this world to teach us of the things of heaven. Our practice of harvesting the fruits of the earth is meant to help us understand that God is also looking for a bountiful harvest from each of us! The fruitfulness of our lives has eternal implications. Farmers sow seeds with the expectation of reaping a harvest. Likewise, God creates each person in his own image and likeness, bestowing unique gifts upon every one with the expectation that our lives will advance the Kingdom of God. We are […]

Diocese Of Cheyenne Forming Next Class Of Permanent Deacon Candidates

For well over a year, a group within the Diocese of Cheyenne has been planning for the next round of discernment and formation of a new group of men to serve the Diocese of Cheyenne as Permanent Deacons.  I am very grateful to Deacon Joe Sandrini for taking the lead in this effort on my behalf.  I am also grateful to the deacons presently serving in the Diocese.  They perform important ministries in many of our parishes.  But, many will soon retire, and the formation process is long and demanding, so the time has come […]

Clergy Institute 2016

This past week, the vast majority of our deacons and priests gathered in Casper for the annual clergy institute. This year, we had Sherry Weddell for our presenter. She is well known in the Church for her book, Forming Intentional Disciples and the follow-up book of Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples. Sherry has a commanding knowledge of cutting edge statistics on the life of the Church, and even more importantly, she has a vast experience built from personal conversations with people of all walks of life.  She has led workshops for the majority of dioceses in […]

Cheyenne Clergy In Casper For January Institute

  Every year, we gather the diocesan priests and deacons for a few days of prayer and renewal. The national norms for both priests and deacons call for various forms of on-going formation. These days are set aside each year for purposes of offering such formation as well as the opportunity for strengthening fraternity through prayer and quality time together. This year we are very fortunate to have as our speaker Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV.  Fr. Gallagher is a well known member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.  The community is dedicated to promoting […]

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