Tag: Seminarians

Lenten Journey(s)

I am presently on the road for one final tour before returning to the Diocese of Cheyenne for the remainder of Lent. Last Thursday, I flew to Kansas City, Missouri, where one of our seminarians picked me up and drove me to Conception Seminary, about an hour and a half drive north.  Conception operates a college and pre-theology (philosophy) program. Conception is also a Benedictine Abbey. The monks have operated a seminary here for many decades. I was invited to be the principal celebrant and homilist on Friday for the Benedictine Solemnity of the ‘Transitus of […]

The Future Of The Church

After Mass at the Cathedral Sunday morning, I headed north to Casper to film this year’s Midnight Mass.  The long-held tradition is that people from the Casper parishes gather with the bishop at St. Anthony’s on the Evening of the 4th Sunday of Advent to film the Midnight Mass.  The Mass then airs at Midnight and again on Christmas morning. Since the roads were mostly ice-covered from Glendo to Casper, I decided to spend the night in Casper.  Another inch or two of snow fell through the night, so not much was gained, other than […]

Seminarian Summer Retreat

Saturday morning I got some more drive-time in as I made my way first to Casper, and from there to a remote cabin in the southern Bighorn mountains.  I have been in several remote areas of Wyoming, but this cabin is only reached with four wheel drive and determination. I’m told this part of the Bighorns served as a vital summer pasture for the large sheep herds generations ago.  Still today, there is a large section through the Bighorns designated for such purposes, even though the sheep industry has diminished sharply over the past few […]

Pay Attention! Know Christ And Know Yourself

Years ago I worked more closely with seminarians as a vocation director, and later as a vice rector of a college seminary. I learned then (and recalled from my own years as a seminarian) that seminarians have a unique capacity to exaggerate the elements of their priestly formation. For example, they used to dream up outrageous scenarios of busy priests.  One of the funniest ones I remember was their imitating a priest with a cell phone:  Phone rings.  Priest answers: “Hello … yes, just a minute … I’m in the middle of something … “I […]


Diocesan Seminarians with Vocation Director, Fr. Bill Hill Today, I had the pleasure of entertaining the diocesan seminarians while they are on Christmas break.  Six of our ten seminarians were in town for lunch at the Bishop’s residence with our vocation director, Fr. Bill Hill. Front Row:  Hiep Nguyen, Duy Nguyen, and Linh Vu; Back Row: Brian Willoughby, Andrew Kinstetter and Louis Shea.  To the Left:  Diocesan Vocation Director, Rev. Bill Hill. Four of our seminarians are travelling over the Christmas break; Brandon Halvorsen, Brian Hess, Dan Poelma and Bob Rodgers. Of course, all of […]

Conception Seminary Visit

This Sunday I travelled with our Vocation Director, Fr. Bill Hill, to the Benedictine Abbey of Conception in NW Missouri.  The Benedictines operate a college seminary there, and we have three Vietnamese students and one young man from NE Wyoming presently studying for the priesthood with them.  To the left are Fr. Bill Hill, Linh Vu, myself, Duy Nguyen, Hiep Nguyen and Andrew Kinstetter. Yesterday, I had the priveledge of celebrating with the Benedictine and Seminary communities in the beautiful abbey basilica the opening Mass of the academic year.  As is usually the norm, we […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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