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 Read more…

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 Read more…

The Week In Review

Last Saturday, I traveled to St. Anthony’s in Casper to provide the priest coverage for the weekend.  I arrived in time to hear confessions from 3-5 and celebrate the 5:15 Vigil Mass.  It was great to spend some time in the confessional once again.  As a bishop, I do not Read more…

Parish Staffing Task Force

Today, our parish staffing task force met in Casper.  Much information has been compiled through parish surveys, parish listening sessions, and deanery clergy sessions.  I am very grateful for the work of this group. This is the “second lung” of our strategic planning process.  This task force is charged with Read more…

A Day In Casper

There were several significant gatherings in Casper, yesterday.  The Diocesan Pastoral Council, in their role of Leadership Team for the Diocesan Pastoral Planning process along with the diocesan management team and priority task force leaders spent the afternoon together at St. Patrick.  This was the first time the task forces Read more…

Seminarians

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

Celibacy For The Kingdom

In Today’s Gospel, we hear the challenging words of Jesus regarding marriage and divorce.  After being asked by his disciples why Moses allowed divorce, Jesus replied:  Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.  I say Read more…

Treasure In Heaven

This weekend’s Gospel (Luke 12: 32-48) gives a simple message: “The Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.”  Jesus is speaking to His disciples.  He is ultimately speaking of heaven, as the text says explicitly in the next line.  However, Jesus is also speaking of the founding of His Read more…