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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 […]

US Bishops Enter Week Of Prayer And Reparation

During this week leading up to the USCCB meeting of bishops in Baltimore, all bishops will this week intensify our prayer.  We invite all who are inclined to do so to please join us.  Our intentions for this period of focused prayer and sacrifice are listed in the letter below, which I have asked be shared with all our parishioners this weekend. Dear Parishioners: The U.S. bishops are joining together in a commitment of prayer and reparation leading up to the bishops’ general assembly, where we will be making critical decisions in response to the […]

Prayer Is Central To Every Endeavor

As this year’s One Bread One Body annual appeal picks up steam, I wish to draw your attention to the prayer that is included in this year’s materials.  For your convenience, the prayer can be easily removed and kept wherever you will be reminded to pray this prayer. We ask that each member of the Archdiocese join us in praying that we grow in our understanding of the many ways God blesses each of us, and how we are called to generously respond to God’s goodness. Prayer is central to every endeavor, and that is […]

Archbishop Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB; The Good Shepherd & Good Steward (1938 – 2018)

Months before I was named the Eighth Bishop of Cheyenne, I was appointed by Archbishop Buechlein as the Pastor of my home parish, St. Paul in Tell City. Prior to my departure for Cheyenne, one of the last Masses I celebrated with my home parish was their 150th anniversary.  Archbishop Buechlein presided and I preached. At the end of Mass, before the final blessing, he made some flattering remarks about my appointment.  He spoke of stewardship, of sacrificial giving; that the parish and the Archdiocese were now giving ‘one of our best’ to serve the […]

On The Feast Of St. John, The Importance Of Friendship With Jesus

One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side.  (John 13:23) These words describe the profound relationship that existed between Jesus and the Apostle, John.  The same reference is made in the Gospel for today’s Feast, (John 20:2).  Does this describe my relationship with Jesus? Does this define your own? If we call our self Christian, especially Catholic, then Jesus must be at the center of our life, and the point of reference for our self-understanding, our vocation, our values and priorities. Jesus must hold preference of place in and […]

Lent; A Call To Conversation With God

As I write today, I am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Soldotna.  The image to the left hangs in the sanctuary of this parish church.  As many of this readership already knows, I was ordained a priest on the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, June 27.  This June will mark my 25th anniversary. Over the years, I have looked to Our Blessed Mother to teach me about conversation with Our Lord.  In this particular image, the young Jesus ran and jumped into her arms (depicted by the dangling shoe on […]

New Year’s Greetings!

As 2016 draws to a close, I hope you are able to give thanks for the many ways God has been present and active in your life this year.  In order to plan for a new year, it is helpful to take stock of my awareness of God’s presence and action in this past year.  I’ll readily admit, I’m often so consumed with meeting the demands of the ‘present’ that I can tend to lose sight at times of what God is doing and how God has been answering all of my prayers. January 1st […]

40 Days For Life In Wyoming

Hopefully you are aware of a nation-wide pro-life effort that has been underway for quite some time known as 40 Days for Life.  For the first time this year, there is a 40 Days For Life in Wyoming, and runs from yesterday, September 28 – November 6.  You can find out more information about this effort to peacefully and publicly pray at the link provided above.  Simply go to the website, click on the tab at the top of the page entitled Locations and then find Wyoming on the map and click on the Casper site for […]

Recovering The Sacred In Marraige & Family

Today I enjoyed a rare moment of celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony with a lovely couple, Nicole Greff & Brian Dobbe, now Mr. & Mrs. Brian Dobbe! I have thought of and prayed for this young couple much in the recent days leading up to this their wedding day. I thanked the couple for coming to the church to begin their married life together. Within the celebration, it is easy to recognize that marriage is a holy calling and a sacred relationship of love.  I asked them to always recognize the sacredness of their […]

Year of Mercy: Holy Doors & Open Hearts

In this Year of Mercy, I know many people have had incredible experiences of receiving the Father’s Mercy and of profound encounters with Christ at deeper levels of their lives.  I hope you are taking advantage of this Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Here is just one story I wish to share with you. Someone recently made a visit to the Holy Door at the Sacred Heart Chapel in the Grand Teton National Park. When they arrived, the church was empty, and he had the place to himself. The lights were not on, so it was rather dark and […]

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