Even though this parish is in a place far away from many of the readers here, I thought you might be interested in this for a couple of reasons:
1. It is an example of a truly Vatican II parish that has had a lot of effect on its members and local community. As I note in my background commentary at the beginning, I was a member of this parish for over 20 years and can attest to this. It also embodies the “7 lights” listed in the bishop’s homily.
2. The homily reveals a bishop who “gets it” in relation to Francis’ vision for the Church. I know this because I am a member of Concerned Catholics of Montana and a delegation of the group was recently welcomed by this bishop to sit down and talk with him. He himself says he has been energized by Francis and wants to move the Diocese of Helena into the direction PF is indicating. I quote him: “I have not felt this good about being a Catholic, a priest and a bishop for a long time”. He is just one, but I believe there are other bishops “out there”. Let’s hope we get more with Ab Cupich now on the “bishop factory” as one reporter termed the Congregation for Bishops.
To read the bishop’s wonderful homily (and background information in my comments) click HERE.