Tag: Vocations

Young People, Faith & Vocational Discernment

In October, 2018, the Church will hold in Rome the next General Assembly of Bishops, known as a SYNOD.  As you may recall, the last two Synods were focused on marriage and family life in the Church, and how we as Church can better accompany them.  The resulting document of those two Synods was issued last Spring by Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, or The Joy of Love.  The next Synod will discuss Young People, Faith & Vocational Discernment. Today, in Rome, Pope Francis released the preparation documents for this important reflection within the life of […]

National Catholic Youth Conference, 2015

Every two years, there is a national gathering of high school age youth, known as National Catholic Youth Conference, or NCYC.  Once again this year, I’m in Indianapolis for this year’s gathering.  I’m told around 21,000 youth are present, including approximately 25 from Wyoming. I missed last night’s opening session, but was present in Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts) for this morning’s session. There is something about these large gatherings that give our youth an experience of the larger Church.  It makes it very visible, and tangible; they are not alone in […]

September Institute On Marriage, Family And Vocations A Huge Success

For a change of pace this year’s September Institute was held in Laramie, rather than Casper.  Though attendance was down slightly this year from previous institutes, the energy and information were above par.  For a complete tour of the three day event, you may view pictures here, courtesy of our Stewardship and Development Director, Mr. Matt Potter. There are many benefits to gathering the clergy and pastoral leadership of the diocese, but I would like to reflect on just a few.  First of all, it serves as a great way to strengthen the bonds that […]

Priesthood Ordinations Tomorrow; Prayer Service Tonight

Dear Friends, it is with great joy and anticipation that the Diocese of Cheyenne prepares to ordain two new priests. Yesterday I had the delightful pleasure of meeting the parents of one of our deacons.  Deacon Hiep Nguyen and his parents, Joseph and Anna (shown above) came to my residence for a warm visit. Hiep was one of three Vietnamese seminarians studying for the Diocese of Cheyenne when I arrived here five and a half years ago.  This was the first time his parents have come for a visit, and justifiably for the culminating event […]

St. Monica Gives Instruction For Catholic Parents Today

As we remember St. Monica today, I find myself thinking of her model of parenting.  As with every saint, there are unique paths to holiness.  That path might be through a great intellect, such as St. Thomas Aquinas or St. Bonaventure, or many other Doctors of the Church.  The path might be through a great self-discipline, such as some of the early hermits.  Perhaps the path is through tremendous prayer life or charity.  I would suggest that parenting was the path for St. Monica. St. Monica clearly did all that she could to lead her […]

Mother’s Day; Good Shepherd Sunday, Wyoming Catholic College

This Sunday, as with so many Sunday’s in Spring, there are many moments calling for reflection.  First and foremost, a very Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms!  By God’s providential and loving plan, there would be no life without women, and more particularly, without moms.  May all of our moms enjoy a memorable day, and may you know of the love and gratitude of your children. I just spoke with my mom and the family gathered in Tell City.  They were busy opening the pool for another summer season.  I guarantee you no such […]

Two New Transitional Deacons For Cheyenne

On Saturday, April 26, Augustine Carrillo and Hiep Nguyen were ordained transitional deacons at St. Meinrad Archabbey church in Southern Indiana.  Both men are completing their third year of theological studies and will complete their formation next year and will be ordained to the priesthood in June, 2015. Congratulations! Augustine, originally from California, spent some time in the seminary several years ago.  In fact, he and another of our priests, Fr. Jim Heiser, were in seminary together.  Thus, when Fr. Heiser was looking for a new director of religious education a few years ago, he […]

Holy Thursday; Priestly Thursday

Today, the Church enters into the Sacred Triduum, beginning with the celebration this evening of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  During this beautiful celebration, the Church recalls the Last Supper, in which Jesus loves his own to the end and offers his body and blood to his apostles under the form of bread and wine.  This Holy Night, Jesus gives us the Church and institutes the two Sacraments of Eucharist and Priesthood. As a bishop, I will spend today in prayerful thanksgiving for all of our priests, who give so generously of themselves to […]

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions For March

Please pray for the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for the month of March which are: ◦Respect for Women. That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women. ◦Vocations. That many young people may accept the Lord’s invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.  When I read these intentions of our Holy Father, I noted how they reflect, in a manner, two of the Diocese of Cheyenne’s priorities from our pastoral plan, namely family and vocations.  Here are just a few of the Goals and Objectives from our plan.  Please keep these […]

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 […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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