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Bishop Thomas’ Homily from the Funeral Mass for Fr. Stuart Long (*PDF format; Adobe Reader® required)

Click the heading above to read Bishop Thomas’ homily from the funeral Mass for Fr. Stuart Long. You may also click the link below to go to the Anderson Stevenson Wilke remembrance page for Fr. Long... [Link]....

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Diocesan Chancery Newsletter for May
(*PDF format; Adobe Reader® required)

This month’s newsletter features parish realignments as well as priest, deacon and pastoral administrator assignments. [Download]...

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New multimedia — Venerable Celestine Bottego (slide show)

Butte-educated, Mother Celestine Bottego’s cause for sainthood began in 2013 as Pope Francis declared her venerable due to the great virtue she expressed in her life of service as lay woman and later, religious sister. [View slide show]...

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Chrism Mass Homily (*PDF format; Adobe Reader® required)

Read the Chrism Mass message from Bishop George Leo Thomas. [View/download PDF]...

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New multimedia — Chrism Mass (photo album)

The Diocese of Helena gathers to celebrate Chrism Day April 10, 2014.
[View photo album]...

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Diocesan Chancery Newsletter for March
(*PDF format; Adobe Reader® required)

This month's newsletter features a letter from Bishop Thomas. [Download]...

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A Letter from Bishop Thomas (by Bishop George Leo Thomas)

Bishop's letter from Sunday, February 2, 2014 regarding settlement of abuse claims. [Read more]...

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Diocese moves toward settlement (press release)

The Diocese of Helena has taken a major step toward bringing resolution to 362 claims of abuse of minors by diocesan priests, religious community priests, women religious and lay workers who have served in the diocese, primarily between 30 and 60 years ago. [Read more]...

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Bishop's January column: Cultivating interfaith dialogue, steps on a shared path (by Bishop George Leo Thomas)

On November 19, 1963, the Archbishop of Strasbourg, Leon Arthur Elchinger, gave a stunning speech before the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council. The bishops were generally unprepared for his words. [Read more]...

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The Montana Catholic — January 2014 issue online

Selected articles from The Montana Catholic newspaper are published online each month. This month's issue features local commentary pieces from Moe Wosepka, John Fencik and Dr. Christopher Fuller, a look at CSSMT's new social worker, Twila Costigan, a photographic look back at 2013 in the diocese, and more. [Read this month's issue]...

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Multimedia — Catholic Voices: Twila Costigan (video)

Twila Costigan, newly-hired social worker at Catholic Social Services of Montana talks about what she does at CSSMT and what she is most excited for in the new position. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Sights & Sounds: Helena Deanery Ice Skating Party (video)

Some sights and sounds from the Helena Deanery Ice Skating Party on Jan. 8, 2014. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Words from our seminarians: 2014 Vocation Awareness Week (video)

For this year's National Vocation Awareness Week (Jan 13-19, 2014) we have compiled a short video with words from a few of our diocesan seminarians about their seminary experiences. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Christmas in the Cathedral (photo album)

As incense smoke swirled to the ceiling in the darkened Cathedral of St. Helena, Bishop George Leo Thomas gave the Eucharistic Prayer at the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass. [View photos]...

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Multimedia — NCYC 2013 Wrapup (video)

A wrap up of the Diocese of Helena's trip to the 2013 National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — NCYC 2013 (photo album)

107 participants from the Diocese of Helena were among 23,000 attending the Nov. 21-23 National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. [View photos]...

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Multimedia — Reporter's Notebook: National Catholic Youth Conference 2013 (5-part video series)

In this new video series, Montana Catholic reporter Eric Connolly brings you daily updates from the Diocese of Helena's trip to the National Catholic Youth Convention in Indianapolis, Nov. 21-24. [Watch the videos]...

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Multimedia — 2013 Sonlight Celebration (photo album)

Highlights from the eighth annual Sonlight Celebration, held at the Helena Civic Center on Oct. 4. The gala event raises funds each year to support youth and young adult formation and Legendary Lodge. [View photos]...

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Multimedia — Behind the Story: Junior High Rally

The latest Behind the Story video features highlights from the 2013 Junior High Rally in Helena, Mont. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — 2013 Adoption Celebration (photo album)

On Nov. 12 at the Montana State Capitol, Catholic Social Services of Montana joined other family service organizations for the 17th annual Adoption Celebration. [View photo album]...

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Multimedia — 2013 Junior High Rally (photo album)

Highlights from the 2013 Junior High Rally in Helena, Mont. In its sixth year, the Nov. 2 rally included a packed schedule for the nearly 350 youth and adult participants. [View photo album]...

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Multimedia — Annual Catholic Appeal 2013 (audio/video)

With the kickoff of the 2013 Annual Catholic Appeal we bring you a message from Bishop Thomas and a new ACA video interview series covering the many ministries and services funded by the ACA. [View ACA 2013 multimedia]...

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Multimedia — Then & Now: Catholic Social Services of Montana (2-part video feature)

This two-part video feature chronicles the past and present work of Catholic Social Services of Montana, in honor of its 60th year. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Behind the Story: Options women's clinic

The latest installment of Behind the Story takes us to Options women's clinic, a medical pregnancy resource center in Helena, to learn about their services and their move to a more comprehensive approach to pro-life-centered women's health. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Catholic Voices: Karen Roybal on the Son Light Celebration (video)

St. Mary Parish youth minister Karen Roybal talks about the 2013 Son Light Celebration, a dinner and auction event supporting youth and young adult ministry. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Catholic Voices: Dan Thies & Katie Murray

Dan and Katie, newly appointed directors of Campus Ministry at Carroll College in Helena, talk about their experiences in ministry as well as the successes they see the program having on the Carroll campus. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Behind the Story: St. John Vianney Parish

A Behind the Story feature covering the canonical elevation of Valley of Flowers Mission to St. John Vianney Parish in Belgrade, Mont. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Priests' Retirement Appeal (video)

A video highlighting the 2013 Priests' Retirement Appeal in the Diocese of Helena. Father Joseph Oblinger, Father Jack Hunthausen and Monsignor Joseph Harrington talk about their combined 185 years in the priesthood, as well as the importance of the appeal. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Catholic Voices: David Phillips (video)

Dave Phillips, soon to enter his first year of seminarian studies for the Diocese of Helena, talks about beginning this new phase of his life. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Catholic Voices: Colleen Dunne (video)

Colleen Dunne talks about her decision to answer her vocational call and joining the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Read more about Colleen's story in the July issue of The Montana Catholic newspaper. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Behind the Story: Justice Outreach Project

The Montana Catholic takes you to Browning, Mont., for the fifth Justice Outreach Project, a diocesan service and immersion trip on the Blackfeet Reservation. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Sights & Sounds: Justice Outreach Project

A collection of six-second video clips, via the video sharing app Vine, gives you more from the week of Justice Outreach Project in Browning. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Sights & Sounds: Ordinations of Father Joseph Fleming and Deacon John Crutchfield (video)

Sights and sounds from the ordination of Joseph Fleming to the priesthood and John Crutchfield to the transitional diaconate on June 21. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Justice Outreach Project (photo album)

Photos from the fifth Justice Outreach Project, a diocesan service and immersion trip on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Mont. [View photo album]...

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Multimedia — Ordinations of Father Joseph Fleming and Transitional Deacon John Crutchfield (photo album)

The diocese celebrated with Bishop George Leo Thomas as two men were ordained: Father Joseph Fleming and Deacon John Crutchfield. The Montana Catholic was on hand to capture the joy of the Sacrament of Holy Orders at the Cathedral of St. Helena on June 21. [View photo album]...

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Multimedia — Behind the Story: Leadership Camp (video)

The latest installment of Behind the Story features coverage of the 2013 CYC Leadership Camp week at Legendary Lodge, June 9-14. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — From the Archives: The Cathedral of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (video)

Diocesan Archivist Sister Dolores Brinkel, SCL, takes you deep into the archives of the Diocese of Helena with the story of our first cathedral, The Cathedral of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — 4 new photo albums: Leadership Camp; CYC Kickball Tournament; Helena Deanery Confirmations; Knights of Columbus Flag Day

The Montana Catholic brings you photos from 4 recent events in the Diocese of Helena — the 2013 CYC Leadership Camp, CYC's annual Kickball Tournament, Helena Deanery Confirmations and the Flag Day sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. [View the photo albums]...

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Bishop announces 2013 pastoral assignments
(PDF format; Adobe Reader® required)

Bishop George Leo Thomas has announced the following pastoral assignments, effective July 1, 2013 unless otherwise indicated. [View PDF]...

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Multimedia — Married in the Church (Part III of III)

The third and final installment in our three-part video series on marriage in the Church features Zach and Katie Meckley, who were married at the Cathedral of St. Helena in the summer of 2012, talking about their experience in the Cathedral marriage preparation process. [Watch the series]...

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Multimedia — Carroll College Class of 2013 (photos)

Photos from the Carroll College Class of 2013 graduation ceremonies and Baccalaureate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Helena. [View the photo album]...

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Multimedia — Deanery Confirmations 2013 (photos)

Bishop Thomas traveled for a confirmation schedule that took him to all six deaneries in the Diocese of Helena. Featured here are confirmation photographs taken in Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell and Anaconda. [View the photo album]...

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Holy Rosary Church in Bozeman vandalized; liturgies resumed following week

Early morning on April 7, Holy Rosary Church in Bozeman was broken into and vandalized. Most of the damage was in the basement level social center... Father Leo Proxell, pastor of the church, said the message was one of religious hate, though not specifically Catholic. [Read more]...

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Photo albums — CYC Convention; Triduum celebrations; Carroll College Sacraments of Initiation

The Montana Catholic brings you photos from 3 recent events in the Diocese of Helena — the 2013 CYC Convention, Triduum celebrations across the diocese, and the Sacraments of Initiation at Carroll College. [View the photo albums]...

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Multimedia — faith(lived): CYC Convention (video series)

The latest installment of faith(lived) features participants in the 2013 CYC Convention. Six participants present their unique experiences of the convention and its impact on their faith. [Watch the videos]...

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Multimedia — Behind the Story: Chrism Mass (video)

The Montana Catholic takes you to the 2013 Chrism Mass at St. Helena Cathedral in Helena, Mont., to see how the Mass and day of collaboration strengthen the diocesan Church. [Watch the video]...

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Multimedia — Sights and Sounds: Sacraments of Initiation at Carroll College (video)

Bishop George Leo Thomas joined the Carroll College community for the Sacraments of Initiation on April 14, at the college campus. Eight were welcomed into the Church — three were candidates for full communion, two were candidates for Eucharist and confirmation and three were candidates for confirmation. [Watch the video]...

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Bishop Thomas welcomes new Holy Father, Pope Francis

Bishop George Leo Thomas welcomes and congratulates the newly elected pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. [Read more]...

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Multimedia — Mass in celebration of new pope (video)

Bishop George Leo Thomas delivers his homily at the Mass of Thanksgiving for our new pope at St. Helena Cathedral on March 14. [Watch the video]...

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The Diocese of Helena's statement about reporting sexual abuse (PDF format; Adobe Reader® required)

Recent print and broadcast commercials have encouraged victims of clergy sexual abuse in Montana to contact plaintiffs’ attorneys. The Diocese of Helena has great interest in providing pastoral care and support for victims of clergy sexual abuse. The Diocese has encouraged victims to come forward for the past 10 years. They can contact the diocese by phone at 406-459-0513 or by Email to victimassistant@diocesehelena.org. [Read the full statement]...



Last updated on January 27, 2014.