Priest and Personnel Appointments Effective July 1, 2024

Bishop Vetter is pleased to announce the parish and personnel appointments, effective July 1, 2024 unless otherwise noted. Father Stan Rog – Administrator of Risen Christ Parish, Kalispell, for a fourth three-year term and Administrator of St. Matthew Parish, Kalispell, for a second three-year term. Father Kyle Tannehill – Parochial Vicar, Resurrection University Parish, Bozeman, […]

To See Our Risen Lord

The gospels do not depict the resurrection. They allow us to see, with the myrrh-bearing women and with Peter and John, the empty tomb. They allow us to hear the proclamation. And they describe the risen Lord’s appearances. But the resurrection is not depicted. As the Exsultet sings: “O truly blessed night, worthy alone to […]

Continue the Mission

I recently attended a showing of the Angel Studios movie Cabrini, based on the inspiring true story of our first American Saint, Frances Xavier Cabrini. As she struggles to build an Empire of Hope through serving poor immigrants, the Pope asks her how she will fund her endeavors. Her reply is simple: “Begin the mission, […]

On Our Way with Camino

The Church takes recordkeeping seriously, and for good reasons. From my family and I in our pew on Sunday to pilgrims at the Vatican, there is a need for good records and data. On a global scale, the Secretariat of State at the Vatican annually requires diocesan and archdiocesan statistical reports. These require data from […]

Fr. Matthew Patrick Huber

April 1, 1959 – April 25, 2024 Father Matthew Huber entered the Kingdom of God on April 25, 2024, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Matthew was born on April 1, 1959, in Missoula Montana to parents Bill and Pat Huber. Matt was one of five children, and the family grew up at the top of Holter Street […]

Monsignor John Francis McCarthy

MAY 7, 1930 – MARCH 11, 2024 Fortified by the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church and in the company of friends, The Very Reverend Monsignor John Francis McCarthy was called home by the Lord at age 93 at Mother of Good Counsel Home in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 11, 2024. John McCarthy was born […]

Fr. George J. Dumais, SJ

JANUARY 14, 1936 – MARCH 4, 2024 Father George Joseph Dumais, SJ, died March 4, 2024, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, surrounded by family and friends. He was 88 years of age and a member of the Society of Jesus for 65 years. Fr. Dumais was born on the family dairy […]

Fr. Thomas Robert Flynn

JUNE 2, 1936 – FEBRUARY 29, 2024 Reverend Thomas Robert Flynn, age 87, of Atlanta, GA passed away peacefully on February 29, 2024. Tom touched many people, in many walks of life, through his compassionate, kind and gentle ways. Tom was born in Spokane, WA to Thomas Flynn and Bernice Colliton Flynn on June 2, […]

Pope Francis Declares 2024 Year of Prayer

In his Angelus address on Jan. 21, Pope Francis announced a year of prayer that will lead up to the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year. He described it as “a year dedicated to rediscovering the great value and absolute need for prayer in one’s personal life, in the life of the Church, and in the […]

A Qualified Nostalgia

Sometimes, I’m nostalgic for the vigorous spiritual life I pursued in my twenties. What memorable and intense times I had at late-night adoration, daily Mass, and personal prayer. When I was 22, the beginning of Lent and the fact that this Lent is during the Year of Prayer would have had me amped baby. Bring […]

A Guide to Lent & Lenten Observances

What is Lent? Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving celebrated by all Catholics, and most other Christian denominations, that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. Why Do We Celebrate It? Lent is a special time to refocus ourselves on God and seek to follow His […]