A Final Tribute To Mom

As I prepare to leave southern Indiana behind once again to return to Anchorage, I wish to share some final thoughts about our family’s experience of accompanying Mom through her final days.  Please bear with me for one final reflection. At the prayer service the night before Mom’s funeral, each Read more…

“It was morning.”

At the conclusion of last night’s Liturgy, which is simply a pause in the one Liturgy of these days of the Easter Triduum, we accompanied Jesus and his disciples “across the Kidron valley to where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered.” (John 18: 1) Jesus Read more…

Behold Your King

As this Holy Week begins, we are encouraged to recognize Christ as our King. The glory of Jesus is revealed in humble love, suffering and service.  As the second reading today teaches: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to Read more…

Jesus Is Listening

Jesus Is Listening As I processed through the church last night with our Lord during the Eucharistic procession, I almost felt like I was eavesdropping on the most intimate conversations. I was highly aware of the Lord’s awareness of each and every person we passed by during the procession. Jesus is Read more…

Joe Gronotte: Rest In Peace

During last night’s Confirmation Mass at the Cathedral, I shared with those to be confirmed news I received early Sunday morning.  I learned of the death of a friend and former parishioner from my nine years as pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Albany, Indiana.  I shared this Read more…

Celebrating Marriage

Today, for the second consecutive year, married couples gathered at St. Patrick in Casper to celebrate marriage.  It is so humbling to be with these men and women who have remained faithful to each other and their promises of love over the years. With the Sunday readings speaking about the importance Read more…

A Mother’s Courageous Faith

The individuals in today’s first reading from 2 Maccabees 7: 1, 20-31 are inspiring, most especially the mother.  The scene is one of persecution for the faith.  As King Antiochus is forcing the Hebrews to abandon their faith for the ‘state religion’ of pagan worship, we find this mother witnessing the Read more…