In This Month's Issue — January 24, 2014

Bishop's 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]...

Pope Francis: A message of hope for the New Year (by Moe Wosepka)

Pope Francis set aside his prepared text for Peace Day to comment on a letter from a man concerned about the tragedies and wars in the world. The Holy Father openly wondered why there is so much violence...and extolled the crowd, “It’s time to stop.” [Read more]...

January 22—Feast Day of St. Vincent Palotti (by John Fencik)

On the agenda at Vatican I (1869-1870) was the laity’s role in the Church. Unfortunately, the Franco-Prussian War prevented that discussion. Pope Pius XI considered re-opening Vatican I in 1925 with the laity again a key topic. [Read more]...

2013: A year in pictures (photo feature)

A photographic look back at the year 2013 in the Diocese of Helena. [View photo feature]...

Social worker brings passion, experience to cssmt

Twila Costigan’s career has always had a dual focus: helping children and helping families. Costigan brings those same areas of focus to Catholic Social Services of Montana as a social worker. [Read more]...

New focus at Carroll College: Mission integration and effectiveness

Catholic colleges and universities could once confidently ground their Catholic identity in the number of religious (e.g., priests, sisters, brothers, etc.) who were employed at their institutions. Their presence was ubiquitous and reassuring. [Read more]...

MLK Day at Carroll College

Carroll College hosted their annual Martin Luther King Day events on Monday, January 10, in Helena. Activites honoring Dr. King and his legacy included a Mass in St. Joseph’s Chapel...as well as an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to volunteer at God’s Love homeless shelter and Helena Food Share in the afternoon. [Read more]...

Father Burke honored with anonymous donations

The Foundation for the Diocese of Helena recently received anonymous donations in honor of Father Gregory Burke to three Butte parish endowment funds–St. Ann’s Parish, St. John the Evangelist Parish and Butte Catholic Community North. [Read more]...

Priests' Retirement Appeal receives heartfelt gifts

There are several avenues of funding to ensure adequate care for our senior status priests. While the Diocese of Helena Annual Catholic Appeal has an allocation goal of $65,000 for Priests’ Retirement, it is only a small portion of the current need to assist our twenty-six senior status priests with a secure retirement... [Read more]...

Substantiating charitable gifts: a donor’s responsibility

As we approach the end of another year of charitable giving, the message I offered at the close of 2012 is worthy of repeating. It is time for us to put our charitable paperwork in order. [Read more]...

Christmas in the cathedral (photo)

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

Youth lace ‘em up for multi-parish party (photo)

The yearly Helena Deanery Ice Skating Party was held at Memorial Ice Rink in Helena on January 8. The event, organized by youth ministers from the Helena Deanery parishes, provided the opportunity for fellowship and fun between the middle school and high school youth from those parishes. [View photo]...

Youth ministers retreat for renewal (photo)

Youth ministers from the Diocese of Helena gathered at the Mountain Meadow Inn in Helena for a retreat called “Renovo,” from January 10-12. Translated from Latin, the retreat’s name means “renew”... [View photo]...

Around the Diocese (Diocesan news briefs)

This month: Colleen Dunne’s SCL candidacy off and running; Linda McCray works toward Spiritual Director certification. [Read more]...

Calendar

Upcoming and ongoing events in and around the Diocese of Helena... [Read more]...



Multimedia Exclusives

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

For this years 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 experience. [Watch the video]...

Catholic Voices: Twila Costigan (video)

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

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]...

Christmas in St. Helena Cathedral: Midnight Mass (photo album)