After receiving a grant for family ministry last fall I wrote a letter to Catholic Extension Society expressing my gratitude. It was a surprise to see a portion of my letter in print near the end of this issue of the magazine. You can see the magazine online at the following address:
It is necessary to scroll all the way to the second last page of the magazine to see my letter on page 51. However, I would encourage you to spend more time reading the rest of the articles rather than my letter.
Having spent most of my life in the Archdiocese of St. Louis I never really grasped the challenges of ministry in rural dioceses. The resources available in the St. Louis region are immense compared to what is available in the least populated state of the country. The vast distances between parishes and the harsh winter weather can certainly make a person feel isolated from time to time. As the Director of Pastoral Ministries and Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Cheyenne it is imperative that I get around to the parishes and schools throughout the diocese. The ability to leave my office and go to a parish to conduct a workshop or lead a retreat is a part of my ministry that I sincerely cherish. It is a blessing for me to be among God's people all across the diocese which encompasses the entire state of Wyoming and Yellowstone Park. In like manner, it helps keep the parish connected to the wider activities of the diocese as well.
If you have been a financial contributor to Catholic Extension Society I want to say, "Thank You." Your generosity is helping to bring the transforming love of God to people in some of the remotest areas of our great nation. You are literally joining in the efforts of the Church to bring the Good News of Salvation to the whole world. If you have never supported the work of Catholic Extension Society I would encourage you to learn more about their wonderful organization and prayerfully consider becoming a supporter. This is one organization that is truly making a difference in our country.
May God bless each of you for your participation in building up the Kingdom!