Bishop Paul D. Etienne

Bishop Paul D. Etienne

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  • Cool Crisp Mountain Air

    While much of the country remains under a heat dome, I escaped the city of Cheyenne yesterday to travel to Snowy Range, west of Laramie, for a hike near the summit.  We started hiking around 9:30am, and the temperature had not yet reached 70 degrees.  As you can see from the pictures, there is still a fair amount of snow on the ground. St. Thomas Aquinas and others have referred to nature as God’s First Book.  Though only the human person is created in the imago Dei, (the image of God) the rest of creation bears a […]

  • Lessons From The Gospel Answer Needs Of Today’s World

    This Sunday the Church listens to Christ in the Gospel of Luke.  (10: 38-42)  In yet another familiar Gospel story, Jesus enters the home of his friends, Martha and Mary.  Martha is busy with the many ancient demands of hospitality, while Mary sits at the feet of Jesus. Even though Martha’s heart is in the right place, serving her visitor, she fails to recognize a higher calling of hospitality of simply ‘being present’ to Jesus.  It is this behavior Jesus exhorts by praising Mary, who ‘chose the better part.’ This Gospel account along with the first […]

  • All Are Called To Be Good Samaritans

    Today’s Gospel from St. Luke (10: 25-37) is one of Jesus’ great instructions regarding practical and concrete love. With the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus develops the Greatest Commandment, to love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself. Authentic love draws one out of self into relationship; with God and with others. It is not possible to truly love God without a concrete exercise of charity in our relationships. St. James says as much: “Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my […]

  • His Heart Was Moved With Pity

    s I begin a time of vacation, I sit this evening with a bible, reviewing some of the recent Gospel readings from St. Matthew.  I stopped to reflect upon the words regarding Jesus: Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.  At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9: 35-36) It is good to think of Jesus.  It is beneficial […]

  • Jesus The Great Integrator

    Last week I spent three days in St. Paul on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, at the Center for Catholic Studies, with a very talented group of people exploring the serious possibility of beginning an Institute on Integral Ecology. The genius behind this idea is Dr. Christopher Thompson. (pictured next to me, front row, in the photo) Last June, Pope Francis published a beautiful encyclical On Care For Our Common Home, in which he makes a clear case for an integral ecology and the need for greater care of God’s creation. Recent research […]

  • My Statement Following Shooting At St. James Catholic Church in Douglas

    On Thursday this week, following a funeral Mass, U. S. Marshalls shot and killed a man in the parking lot of St. James Catholic Church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Local news coverage may be found here. This is the statement I issued yesterday in light of this tragic event: At this time, it is our understanding that law enforcement officers were present on Church property following a funeral at St. James and that their intention was to apprehend a family member of the deceased, due to outstanding warrants. Immediately following the funeral Mass, the individual being sought appeared outside […]

  • Faith & Love; The Foundation Of The Church

      aints Peter and Paul, known for their faith in Christ and their love for the Church, we honor with today’s Solemnity in their names. Saint Peter knew Christ during his earthly life and ministry.  He listened to Christ preach, watched as he healed the sick, observed his compassion for sinners of all stripes, and was witness to his resurrection.  Saint Peter was the first of the Apostles to give expression to the faith: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  (Matthew 16:16) Saint Paul came to know Christ by the grace […]

  • Ordained A Priest 24 Years Today

    My day has been filled with many fond memories, and my heart is filled with much gratitude.  Twenty Four years ago today, I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Archbishop O’Meara, Archbishop of Indianapolis, died in January, 1992, and we were still without an archbishop.  Bishop Gettelfinger, a former priest from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, was asked to be the ordaining prelate.  Bishop Gettelfinger would go on to ordain two of my brothers for his own diocese as priests for Evansville, Indiana. If memory serves me well, July 11, 1992, it was announced […]

  • Welcome To My New Blog!

    Dear Friends, welcome to my new blog! I figured after six and one half years, it was time for an upgrade. I also learned that around 80% of people who access the internet today do so with a hand-held device, and my previous blog was no longer user friendly. How can I / we be successful in the New Evangelization if we are not user friendly?! I am grateful and humbled by the readership of this blog over the years.  It is hard to believe that this blog post is number 800!  I pray God […]

  • Sacred Heart Of Jesus; God So Loved The World

    Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  It is celebrated on the Friday after the Octave of the feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and  Blood of Christ. The origins of today’s great celebration go back at least as far as 1670, when the devotion was celebrated by St. John Eudes in Rennes, France.  The devotion spread even further after the visions received by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 – 1690).  From this time, France regularly maintained the celebration of the Sacred Heart, until Pope Pius IX extended the celebration to […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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