A second collection will be taken at all Wyoming parishes for the victims of Hurricane Harvey Sept 9-10. This collection is endorsed by the USCCB and our Diocese. If you want to contribute to hurricane relief in addition to the second collection, please read this article for more information.
http://bishopsteven.dioceseofcheyenne.org/ -blog address
copy of blog from May 21, 2017
I understand that people in the diocese have been asking about how I would like to be addressed. My preference is to be called “Bishop Steven,” rather than Bishop Biegler. However, I will not be fussy about it, so please do not worry about it if you forget.
Why “Bishop Steven”? Steven is my baptismal name, and the name that I was called by my family. As a priest, I used Fr. Steve, so Bishop Steven is similar. While I understand that using a Bishop’s last name for address is a form of respect, it might also create distance in a relationship which is meant to be fatherly and familial.
Also, I do not prefer titles like “your excellency,” etc. Formal titles like that do not fit my personality.
- is a title used in the New Testament. The word in Greek is episkopos which means “overseer” with the sense of a guardian who is watching over others to guide and protect them. St. Peter uses this word to describe Jesus’ care for us in 1 Pet. 2:25, “For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have returned to the shepherd and guardian (episkopon) of your souls.”
I am excited to be with you, and I look forward to serving the Lord with you. In preparation for my episcopal ordination, I am required to make a retreat, which I will make next week May 22-26. Please pray for me.
Peace in Christ,
The Most Reverend Steven Biegler is named the new Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne.
With great joy we received the news that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, announced in Rome today, the appointment of The Most Reverend Steven Biegler as the Ninth Bishop of Cheyenne.
Bishop-elect Biegler, 57, is pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, South Dakota. Bishop-elect Biegler is also the Vicar General for the Diocese of Rapid City.
The Installation Mass will be held June 5, 2017. Welcome, Bishop-elect Biegler!
Official Press Release
Father Andrew Kinstetter podcast
"Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship"
The Roamin Catholic Priest
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who were illegally brought into the United States as children and who meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. This program is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. Guidelines for qualifying for DACA are:
1) Applicant was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 2) Came to the United States before 16th birthday 3) Continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 4) Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 5) Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012 6) Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a GED, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and 7) Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
On June 29, 2017, ten state Attorneys General (not Wyoming’s) urged the Administration to rescind the DACA program. Nearly 750,000 immigrant youth have been protected by this program. Bishop Steven has put out a press release in support of those who are protected by DACA and is encouraging contacting our congressional delegates to support the DREAM ACT, which is a bipartisan-sponsored bill that would provide a clearer path to U.S. citizenship for people who are undocumented, who have DACA or temporary protected status (TPS), and who attend a U.S. high school, enroll in college, enter the workforce, or enlist in a military program.
Because congressional delegates are flooded with spam emails, you have to go to their website to fill out a contact form. You may also contact their offices by phone.
Sen. John Barrasso: https://www.barrasso.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form 866-235-9553
Sen. Mike Enzi: https://www.enzi.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-senator-enzi 888) 250-1879
Rep. Liz Cheney: https://cheney.house.gov/contact 202-225-2311
Below is a sample email:
Dear Senator Enzi,
My name is Deacon Mike Leman. I want to thank you for all of your hard work for the people of Wyoming!
Today, I am writing out of concern for those who entered our state illegally- through no fault of their own because they were children at the time. Many of them have made Wyoming their home and have been faithful contributors to our state. Many have enjoyed protection from DACA and are now afraid that it could be rescinded and jeopardize their livelihoods. The Dream Act could provide a more predictable and stable path to citizenship that will allow these young people the ability to come out of the shadows and not have to fear that a change in administration could mean suddenly being deported and separated from their families, friends and homes. I humbly ask you to support the Dream Act.
Thank you once again for all you do!
Deacon Mike Leman