Fr. John “Jack” Darragh

Rev. John “Jack” J. Darragh passed away May 15, on his 81st birthday, in Butte, MT surrounded by his loving family.  Father Darragh was born in Butte to parents, George and Margaret “Babe” Darragh.  He attended Boys Central High School, Carroll College and St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado.  Following completion of his priesthood vocational […]

Fr. John E. Murray

November 23, 1937 – May 3, 2023 Rev. John “Jack” E. Murray Jr., age 85, passed away May 3, 2023, in Butte, Montana.  A beloved diocesan Catholic Priest for 60 years to the Diocese of Helena.  A lifetime dedicated to the Lord serving the spiritual needs of all people. Father Murray was born in Butte, […]

Priest Appointments effective July 1, 2023

April 14, 2023 Bishop Vetter Announces the following appointments involving the priests and parishes of the Diocese of Helena. The Pastoral care for Living Water Mission, Seeley Lake, is transferred from St. Ann Parish, Bonner, to St. Thomas Parish, Helmville. Father Jozef Perehubka – Administrator, St. Thomas Parish, Helmville, with St. Jude Mission, Lincoln, and […]

Chrism Mass 2023

Photo: J. Michael Connell Photography On Tuesday, March 28th, priests from around the Diocese of Helena gathered with Bishop Vetter in the Cathedral of St. Helena to celebrate the annual Chrism Mass. The Chrism Mass is a special yearly liturgy where the Bishop of a diocese concelebrates with priests from the various deaneries to consecrate […]

Eucharistic Congress & CYC Convention 2023

Of the 500 registered, just over 200 adults and 250 youth made it through or avoided isolated snowstorms to attend the 2nd annual Diocesan Eucharistic Congress and CYC Convention at Carroll College. The weekend featured Catholic catechesis, fellowship, keynotes, music, and 12 workshops, inspiring families and Catholics of all ages. The congress aimed to reconnect […]

National Marriage Week Feb. 7-14

“The image of God is the married couple: the man and the woman; not only the man, not only the woman, but both of them together. This is the image of God: love, God’s covenant with us is represented in that covenant between man and woman. And this is very beautiful!” (Pope Francis, General Audience, […]

World Youth Day Lisbon! Two Montana- Based Opportunities

01/19/2023     Mandy Bell, and Fr. Tom Lankenau, SJ are heading up separate World Youth Day pilgrimage trips. Each pilgrimage includes some great opportunities, and both are open for people to join. Trip One: Montana World Youth Day Pilgrims led by Mandy Bell July 25 – August 7 Lourdes (Paris), Loyola (Spain), Santiago De Compostela, Lisbon […]

New Vocations in the Diocese Helena

The Diocese of Helena is filled with joy and pride that young people from across our diocese and beyond continue to heed the Lord’s call in their lives. This year we celebrate the addition of five new Seminarians and two young women entering religious communities. Whether to the priesthood, religious life, married life, or single […]

Fr. Stuart Long Named Lumen Christi Award Finalist

The late Father Stuart (Stu) Long has been named a finalist for the 2022-2023 Lumen Christi Award through Catholic Extension. Father Stu grew up in Helena and attended Carroll College, where he would go on to become a state boxing champion. While raised agnostic, several events in his life, including a near-fatal motorcycle accident, inspired […]

Catholic Advocacy and the Legislative Session

Matt Brower, Executive Director | Montana Catholic Conference In less than two months, Montana legislators will gather in Helena for the beginning of the 68th legislative session. I anticipate another busy session with numerous bills of specific interest to Catholics and have a good idea of some of the key issues our legislature will be […]

CSSM Expanding Services

CSSM Staff For nearly 70 years, Catholic Social Services of Montana (CSSM) has been building families through its ministry of providing adoption services and support for mothers, children, and families in-need. This ministry includes its Baby Boutique, which provides diapers, clothes, formula, etc., free of charge. On May 2nd, 2022, Scott Held was appointed the […]