Reflecting the Good News of Christ

Bishop Paul D. Etienne

Now What …

In the wake of last week’s appointment as Archbishop of Anchorage, people have some questions.  But first, I would simply like to say how much I enjoyed the 48 hour trip to Anchorage.  I had a peaceful premonition as the plane was on approach into Anchorage last Monday night: “I am going to be at home here.” I cannot tell you how much that helped to calm my heart. I cannot thank Archbishop Schwietz, OMI enough for his warm welcome and hospitality.  He exudes calm while at the same time reassuring me about the future.  […]

Introductory Remarks As Archbishop – Elect Etienne

Here are my comments from this morning’s press conference in Anchorage.  Once again, thanks to all for your love, prayers and support!             Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, really means it when he says that he wants bishops to travel to the peripheries to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ and God’s love to strangers. Pope Francis during his three and a half years as the Bishop of Rome is an example for us of the Joy of the Gospel, and he is renewing the joy of many disciples in service of the Church […]

Pope Francis Makes A Call; St. Francis, Pray For Us All!

This morning I write you from Anchorage, Alaska.  I arrived here last night for today’s announcement (Rome Noon) that our Holy Father, Pope Francis has named me the fourth Archbishop of Anchorage. There was still daylight as I flew in late yesterday, and I can tell you, this land is gorgeous! Beautiful!  Equally beautiful was the warm reception I received from Archbishop Schwietz.  We had a lovely visit, and ended (for me) a very long day by praying together in his Blessed Sacrament Chapel, giving thanks to God for his Providence and many blessings. In this […]

Feastday Today Of An Indiana Saint

Today is the feast day of a saint who has deep roots in Indiana, St. Mother Theodore Guerin.  Mother Theodore was invited to come to Indiana by the first Bishop of Vincennes, The Most Reverend Simon Brute, who also was from France.  Bishop Brute’s cause for sainthood was introduced several years ago.  He helped form the first generation of priests for this country, and was a spiritual director and friend to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  He was appointed Bishop of Vincennes in 1834 and died in 1839. Mother Theodore arrived in Terre Haute, Indiana after Bishop […]

A Farmer’s Wedding; Congratulations Dale & Brooke Gerringer

Farming is a dignified calling, and yields some marvelous correlations for marriage and family life.  Jennings County Indiana is populated with one family farm after another.  During two of my years as Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, I served as pastor for two small parishes in Jennings County, and the vast majority of parish families were farmers.  Yesterday I returned to this rural community to preside at a wedding for Dale Gerringer and Brooke Caudill. Dale is the youngest of three, having two older sisters.  Privileged to preside at the weddings of his two sisters, I completed […]

Catholics Don’t Know What They Are Missing

I am back in Southern Indiana for a wedding this weekend.  I celebrated Mass this morning at my home parish, St. Paul, in Tell City.  There is always something comforting in going home, and even more nourishing in the celebration of daily Mass.  I always enjoy the opportunity to celebrate Mass in the church where I received all my Sacraments, even where I was ordained a priest. However, I wonder where God’s People are today? Much of the current data from research tells us that more and more young people are drifting away from the […]

40 Days For Life In Wyoming

Hopefully you are aware of a nation-wide pro-life effort that has been underway for quite some time known as 40 Days for Life.  For the first time this year, there is a 40 Days For Life in Wyoming, and runs from yesterday, September 28 – November 6.  You can find out more information about this effort to peacefully and publicly pray at the link provided above.  Simply go to the website, click on the tab at the top of the page entitled Locations and then find Wyoming on the map and click on the Casper site for […]

Time To Freshen-up Your Job Description

When was the last time you updated your job description?  Does it include a faith component?  Because, faith is to be a part of every aspect of our life.  In today’s Gospel (Luke 9: 57-62) Jesus calls each of us: “Come, follow me.”  With this invitation is the commission of Jesus: “But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” Are you listening to Jesus?  Are you following Jesus?  How do you proclaim the Kingdom of God in your life? It is helpful to be as clear as possible about how Jesus is calling you and […]

Trust In The Lord …

Last Saturday, I was on the road early out of Cheyenne headed for Casper.  It was a crisp, clear, cool morning, and the Laramie Range to the west was in full display, covered from top to bottom with the first fresh snowfall of the season.  I was on my way to celebrate Mass with the Bishop’s Guild, and later join them for brunch.  My topic for the morning’s presentation was prayer.  After that visit, I returned to Cheyenne to give a similar reflection to a gathering that night at the Knights of Columbus. Below are some […]

The Spirituality of Stewardship

Last week, the clergy and pastoral leaders of the Diocese of Cheyenne gathered in Laramie for a two day work shop to study the spirituality of stewardship.  We brought in a group of known and proven speakers from Catholic Stewardship Consultants who shared with us their experience as pastors and parish leaders in building a spirituality and culture of stewardship in their own parishes.  The results can be transforming for a parish, and the lives of the individuals who make up a parish. Our annual institute is always a shot in the arm to all the participants.  It […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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