Tag: Ranching

The Smell Of The … Horses

Most of you are familiar with the often quoted phrase of Pope Francis that the good shepherd needs to have the smell of his sheep. Well, this shepherd had the opportunity to spend Monday with some of his flock, er, ranchers on horseback in the mountain rounding up the last of the cattle in preparation for fall shipping. There is no better way to understand the day-to-day life of my people than to spend time with them in their natural surroundings and simply visiting with them and listening to their stories, and literally ‘sitting in […]

The Greatest Gift Of All; Our Salvation

Yesterday, a nice group of people gathered at the Miles Land Ranch southwest of Casper for the second annual Rural Life Mass and celebration.  I’m very grateful to the three ranch families that sponsored this year’s gathering; Jim & Peggy Price, Randy & Vernita Marton, and Roy & Kathleen Jarrard.  They did a super job from planning, preparation to welcoming all of our guests, and the clean up was well underway by the end of the day.  Their hospitality was incredible! All pics can be viewed here. I would judge from the number of cowboy hats […]

Mass For Ranchers, Farmers & Families

This notice is way in advance, but I’m very excited about offering a Mass this August for Ranchers, Farmers and Families.  As many of you know, one of my joys of being a bishop is serving as the President of Catholic Rural Life, an organization dedicated to promoting the Church’s teachings on behalf of agriculture, care of the environment, and supporting the Catholic Church in Rural America. In August, The Diocese of Cheyenne will be happy to host Mr. Jim Ennis, the Executive Director for Catholic Rural Life.  Jim will be present for the Mass […]

Farming: An Invaluable and Irreplaceable Vocation

The following reflection appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Catholic Rural Life‘s magazine. The issue focused on “The Agricultural Vocation.” If you’re interested in purchasing this issue, I encourage you to visit Catholic Rural Life’s online store. Over the past few years, I have been meeting with a group of ranching families in Wyoming. I wish to get to know them better, as well as to better understand the unique challenges they face in ranching today. I recently met with them and gave a presentation on the life of Catholic Rural Life’s founder Archbishop O’Hara and […]

South Dakota Ranchers Need Our Prayerful Support

A month ago this weekend, Northeast Wyoming and especially West South Dakota were hit hard by an early winter blizzard named Storm Atlas. Last night, I heard from the Bishop of Rapid City, Bishop Robert Gruss, just how devastating the storm was to local livestock growers in his area.  Hit particularly hard were the ranchers of beef cattle. As a neighboring bishop, and as President of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, I wish to express our fraternal and prayerful support for all the ranching families who experienced the full force of nature in this […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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