I’ve had a great week being “pastor” of the diocese, traveling around once again. Monday, I was in Laramie visiting with our new Vocation Director, Fr. Bill Hill. He is getting up to speed rather quickly, and I’m sure he is ready to speak with any of you about where God is calling you to serve the Church!
From Laramie, I travelled through some terrible wind and snow to Rock Springs for the night. I had a lovely visit with Fr. Carl Beavers and Fr. Jing Baldo. Fr. Jing and I celebrated Mass Tuesday morning for the people in Holy Spirit before departing with Fr. Tom Sheridan and Fr. Beavers for lunch in Pinedale with Fr. Lucas Simango. We all headed out from there to join the other priests of the Rock Springs Deanery in Jackson.
Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, these preists had their opportunity to share with eachother and myself. We had a great time together, enjoying prayer, social time, meals, and some great fraternal support. This wraps up the meetings with all of the priests of the diocese.
Thursday morning I celebrated Mass with the people of Our Lady of the Mountains in Jackson. They have a beautiful, fairly new church, and a very active community. After Mass, I enjoyed some quiet time to catch up on some reading, office work, and simply enjoying a spectacular view of the Teton Mountains.
From Jackson, I returned to Pinedale for a visit with the pastor, and from there, travelled to Green River, to the Immaculate Conception parish. I had Mass with this community this morning, breakfast with some of the parishioners, then headed out for a day of fishing and sightseeing.
Fr. Sheridan, myself and parishioner, Kenny Geatreaux had a great fishing outing. Lets just say, the Bishop caught his share! Below is a picture of Kenny with the stringer of Rainbow and Lake Trout. We fished the Flaming Gorge in SW Wyoming. Then, we drove around the Gorge and saw wild horses, big horn sheep, and some beautiful terrain. We enjoyed a meal together and headed back to Green River.
This weekend, I’m in Evanston and Fort Bridger with the people of these two parishes. It is good to spend time with the priests and People of God of Cheyenne. Have a good weekend, everyone!