Reflecting the Good News of Christ

Bishop Paul D. Etienne

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 […]

Day Of Prayer For Peace: Love Conquers All Things

Only Love Conquers All Things With tomorrow’s approach of the Day Of Prayer For Peace In Our Communities, I wish to share with you a recent article written for our Diocesan Newspaper.  Though the article was written before Archbishop Kurtz called for this day of prayer, it still seems to strike the right tone, and the message is in harmony with how to go about breaking down the barriers that divide us as a human family.  May God give us the grace to be builders of peace and unity. Please join me for Mass this Friday, […]

The Smell Of The … Horses

Most of you are familiar with the often quoted phrase of Pope Francis that the good shepherd needs to have the smell of his sheep. Well, this shepherd had the opportunity to spend Monday with some of his flock, er, ranchers on horseback in the mountain rounding up the last of the cattle in preparation for fall shipping. There is no better way to understand the day-to-day life of my people than to spend time with them in their natural surroundings and simply visiting with them and listening to their stories, and literally ‘sitting in […]

World Day Of Prayer For The Care Of Creation

Today is the Second annual World Day Of Prayer For The Care Of Creation.  Pope Francis initiated this day of prayer last year as an opportunity for us to be in solidarity with our Orthodox brothers and sisters, along with other Churches and Christian communities.  It is a designated day of prayer to reaffirm our own vocation to be good stewards of creation and to give thanks to God for the marvelous beauty of his handiwork.  It is also a time for prayerful reflection for deeper understanding of the ways we are misusing this tremendous […]

Dealing With Worldy Entities; Living By Spiritual Realities

For the past few days, during Mass we have been reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.  Yesterday’s passage touched me deeply, because it spoke directly to a challenge of our day.  Please take a moment to read this passage from St. Paul: The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God. Among men, who knows what pertains to the man except his spirit that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the […]

Celebrating Things New: Academic Year, President, Pastor

Yesterday was a full day, celebrating new beginnings! I am mindful of the words from the Book of Revelation: “Behold, I make all things new.” (21:5) I left Cheyenne early Sunday morning, driving to Lander to celebrate a 1:00 Mass at Holy Rosary for the opening of the new academic year for the Wyoming Catholic College.  Traditionally, during this Mass each year, the faculty renew their Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity.  The College is celebrating 50 new students this year, with the largest number of this group coming from the great state of […]

Recovering The Sacred In Marraige & Family

Today I enjoyed a rare moment of celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony with a lovely couple, Nicole Greff & Brian Dobbe, now Mr. & Mrs. Brian Dobbe! I have thought of and prayed for this young couple much in the recent days leading up to this their wedding day. I thanked the couple for coming to the church to begin their married life together. Within the celebration, it is easy to recognize that marriage is a holy calling and a sacred relationship of love.  I asked them to always recognize the sacredness of their […]

Collection For Louisiana Flood Relief September 10 – 11

If you recall, in January this year, there was major flooding in the Midwest along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  At that time, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz called for a national collection, intending that the collected funds would be used to assist all dioceses around the country who suffered natural disasters for the calendar year.  In the Diocese of Cheyenne, we did not take up the collection at that time, guessing that there would be even greater disasters later in the year, which would be a […]

Year of Mercy: Holy Doors & Open Hearts

In this Year of Mercy, I know many people have had incredible experiences of receiving the Father’s Mercy and of profound encounters with Christ at deeper levels of their lives.  I hope you are taking advantage of this Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Here is just one story I wish to share with you. Someone recently made a visit to the Holy Door at the Sacred Heart Chapel in the Grand Teton National Park. When they arrived, the church was empty, and he had the place to himself. The lights were not on, so it was rather dark and […]

The Greatest Gift Of All; Our Salvation

Yesterday, a nice group of people gathered at the Miles Land Ranch southwest of Casper for the second annual Rural Life Mass and celebration.  I’m very grateful to the three ranch families that sponsored this year’s gathering; Jim & Peggy Price, Randy & Vernita Marton, and Roy & Kathleen Jarrard.  They did a super job from planning, preparation to welcoming all of our guests, and the clean up was well underway by the end of the day.  Their hospitality was incredible! All pics can be viewed here. I would judge from the number of cowboy hats […]

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