Pope Francis Releases Apostolic Exhortation “Laudate Deum”

On October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis released his Apostolic Exhortation Laudate Deum. This new exhortation is addressed “to all people of good will on the climate crisis,” and is the follow-up to his 2015 Encyclical on the environment Laudato Si. You can read the full text of Laudate Deum […]

CSSM Hiring for New Mental Health Services Position

Catholic Social Services of Montana (CSSM) is incredibly excited to begin serving their neighbors by launching a new mental health services program. The program will provide mental health counseling, therapy, and education across the state of Montana. As this new service begins, CSSM is now seeking an excellent Montana-licensed mental health counselor/therapist. If you, or […]

Sister Edna Hunthausen, SCL

Sister Edna Hunthausen, 94, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) for 74 years, died on August 15, 2023. She entered religious life on February 14, 1949, and took the name Sister Ann Jean when she received her habit. She later returned to her baptismal name. Sister Edna was born on May 13, 1929, in […]

Consultative Group Appointments effective July 1, 2023

June 13, 2023 Bishop Vetter is pleased to announce the members for the consultative groups listed below. Members will serve a three-year term from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2026. Print Version of Announcement Deans Fr. Eric Gilbaugh, Bozeman Fr. Craig Hanley, Butte Fr. Kirby Longo, Missoula Fr. Roderick Ermatinger, Conrad Msgr. Kevin O’Neill, […]

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, […]