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Cheyenne Bishop's Guild

Bishop's Guild is associated with the Cheyenne Deanery, an affiliate of the Wyoming Council of Catholic Women (WCCW), associated with the Denver Province, and affiliated with the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW).

Meetings are scheduled on the second Thursday of each month, unless the Bishop requests otherwise. Dinner begins promptly at 6:30 p.m., September - May.

Patroness: Our Lady of Lourdes

Spiritual Advisor: The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne

Chaplain: Fr. August Koeune

Cheyenne Bishop's Guild History

Bishop's Guild began as an organization for social contact among young Catholic women. Bishop Newell agreed to sponsor the group, and the first general meeting was held May 13, 1953 at St. Joseph's Hall. Ellen Crowley was elected first president and Our Lady of Lourdes became the patroness. Meetings were scheduled the second Thursday of the month, September-May. The obectives for the new group were as follows:

-To serve as a medium through which Catholic women can further their personal understanding of Catholicism;

-To inform members of current matters relating to Catholicism; and

-To promote spirituality among members. Programs, special events, and mothly spiritual development talks are planned to meet these objectives.

Today's membership with the Bishop's Guild provides Bishop Ricken with prayers of intercession, financial, and social assistance each year.

Cheyenne Bishop's Guild Officers

President: Theresa Ward

President Elect: Maria Kidner

Secretary: Lori Raya

Treasurer: Donna Schroeder

Past President: Heather Becerra

Cheyenne Bishop's Guild Objectives

The objectives and purposes of Cheyenne Bishop's Guild of Catholic Women, here in after called Bishop's Guild, are:

To promote Catholic spirituality among the members through prayer, study of Catholic teachings, personal Eucharistic adoration, retreats, personal testimonials of faith in the Lord;

To pray for the Bishop and his intentions;

To assist the Bishop in special projects as requested by him;

To build a working relationship with the Casper Bishop's Guild;

To build fellowship among the members through regular dinner meetings and to provide spiritual growth through talks by guest speakers at the dinner meetings.

Cheyenne Committees

Standing Committees

Arrangements: Martie Harbick
Church Committees: Martie Harbick
Community, Family INternational Concerns: Flossie Vance
Membership: Carey Harmann
Programs: Maria Kidner
Public Relations: Linda Corso
Telephone: Charlene Jonart

Special Committees

By-Laws: Flossie Vance; Charlene Jonart; Linda Corso; Heather Becerra
Historian: Lisa Provance
Sunday Coffee: Martie Harbick
Vocations: Flossie Vance
Yearbook: Lori Raya

Heart to Heart Fund

Recipient: To be announced at the Fall WCCW State Convention

Mary's Fund

Recipient: To be announced at the Fall WCCW State Convention

Mary's Fund (formerly Madonna Plan) was founded in 1958 to serve mothers and children in undeveloped countries through Catholic Relief Services. It supports primary health care clinics, classes in hygiene, baby care, nutrition, and clean water projects in 24 countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The Wyoming Council of Catholic Women has been participating since 1959. Contributions will be solicited from all members at each meeting and forwarded to the Cheyenne Deanery.

Prayer to our Lady of Good Council
Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes

Casper Bishop's Guild

Sponsor: Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, DD, STL (Bishop Etienne's blog site >>>)

Spiritual Moderator/Chaplain: Fr. Gary Ruzicka

Patroness: Mary, Mother of God

The Casper Bishop's Guild was initiated on June 3, 1979, by Bishop Joseph Hart, with the primary purpose being to pray for the bishop. Anne Blower was named as the first president of the organization. One hundred forty-seven women are listed as being charter members. Annual dues were set at $10.00 and remain so to this present day. All Catholic women of all ages in the Casper, Glenrock, Douglas and Midwest areas are invited to be members of the guild. Guests are always welcome and encouraged to attend.

The objectives of the guild are as follows:
a) To pray fervently and often for our Holy Father, our Bishop, all bishops, priests, deacons, seminarians and religious, as well as for future vocations within our diocese and within the universal church,
b) To strive for unity and to promote spirituality among the Catholic community of the Casper area,
c) To serve as a medium through which Catholic women may further their personal understanding of Catholicism, and
d) To inform members of current matters relating to Catholicism by presenting programs suitable to the end.

The organization meets four times per year during the months of September, November, January and April. Meetings begin with Mass at one of the Casper churches, followed by a brief business meeting, a brunch or lunch, and a presentation meant to enhance the spiritual well-being of the ladies in the group. Below is a schedule of the meetings for the 2015/2016 year, as well as a list of officers.

2015/2016 MEETINGS

September 19, 2015 - Saturday
Mass: 10:00 am 
Church: St. Patrick
Brunch/Program: Casper Petroleum Club
Presenter: Robert Harnden, “Sharing God's Message Through Prison Ministry”
Distribute 2015/2016 directory, names and contact info of our diocesan priests and deacons, as well as a list of our charter members from 1979

November 21, 2015 - Saturday
Mass: 10:00 am 
Church: Our Lady of Fatima
Lunch/Program: Casper Petroleum Club
Presenter: Don Claunch, theologian, “A New Look at Mary as Our Model for Prayer”
Prayer partner cards will be distributed. Volunteers will be solicited to serve on the nominating committee for new officers for next year.

January 23, 2015 - Saturday
Mass: 10:00 am 
Church: St. Anthony
  Brunch/Program: Casper Petroleum Club
Presenter: Josh Kalinowski, “Youth for Christ and Uprising.”
Prayer cards for seminarians will be distributed. Nominees for offices will be presented and voted on.

April 23, 2015 - Saturday
Mass: 10:00 am, with Installation of Officers 
Church: St. Patrick 
Lunch/Program: Casper Petroleum Club 
Presenter: Kathleen Jarrard, “Spiritual Maps: Your personal journey to the heart of God.”
New officers will be installed.


PRESIDENT Sharon Dever
SECRETARY Angela Cavalier
TREASURER Michelle Pribbernow

A collection is made at each meeting for donations to the Clergy Retirement Fund. This is just our small way of saying thank you to our retired clergy who have given so much to support us in our faith journeys.

We ask that anyone reading this please share this information with other Casper area Catholic women so that they might also share in the faith and fellowship of the members of the Casper Bishop's Guild. 

To reserve a spot at a meeting or to sign up as a member, please call Astrid Martinez at 920-737-4342.

Dues of $10.00 may be paid at a meeting, or checks may be made out and mailed to Casper Bishop's Guild; 5111 East 17th Street; Casper, WY 82609.

Blessings to all!