Reflecting the Good News of Christ

Bishop Paul D. Etienne

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 […]

Regular Schedule Resumes

After catching up on correspondence and touching base with my leadership team, it is time to get out on the road to be among my flock. Early in August, I spent a Saturday with our seminarians.  I’m glad to announce that we recently accepted a new seminary candidate, Mr. Jordan Roberts, who will continue his college seminary studies at St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. (My alma mater!)  Of course, I’m very grateful for all six of our seminarians. While we were together, we celebrated Mass […]

More On Human Dignity

The first reading for today’s Mass comes from the Prophet Ezekiel (16:1-15, 60, 63).  I find it highly symbolic of our origin in God and the dignity bestowed upon us by God.  Sacred Scriptures are such a gift, revealing God’s eternal love and plan.  Yes, we believe the Sacred Scriptures are divinely inspired and authoritative. God instructed the Prophet Ezekiel to speak to the inhabitants of Jerusalem about their infidelity.  The prophet does so by telling a story of the birth and life of a woman.  From this story we learn that our origin is […]

Greatness In God’s Kingdom

Several years ago, a group of us were given permission to hunt on a rather large ranch, most of which was high mountain country, and served as summer grazing for cattle.  The ranchers had rounded up their cattle and moved them to lower pasture for the winter, but came up short six cows.  They asked us to keep an eye out for them as we hunted the property.  Sure enough, one day while glassing some of the higher elevations looking for bighorn sheep, there they were – the cows.  Talk about being lost!  But, they […]

Blessed With Royal Dignity

How easy it is for me to see the glory of God in creation, but with all humility, I admit, it is a bit more challenging to find God’s glory in the human person.  And yet, during Mass at the cathedral yesterday, I was acutely aware of God’s glory in his people as I gazed out at the congregation during the chanting of the Responsorial Psalm: “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.” Pope Francis is regularly reminding us to serve Christ in one another, particularly in the poor and marginalized.  He calls […]

Fear Or Faith?

Who does not know the experience of fear? It is a fundamental emotion which plays an appropriate role in the preservation of life.  Fear alerts all of our senses to potential, perceived or genuine threats, allowing the individual to perform at a high level for the preservation of one’s own life or the lives of those entrusted to his or her care.  Fear is highly motivational! (This fear is positive.) At the same time, fear can paralyze us into in-action.  The immediate threat can seem so overwhelming that we freeze in our cognitive ability to develop an adequate […]

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