For Cheyenne, Pentecost Amid Power Tools
In an extended interview with the Indy Criterion's Sean Gallagher, Wyoming's prelate-to-be tells the story:
[I]t was bizarre. I don’t know what else to say. [The papal nuncio] Archbishop [Pietro] Sambi called the office at the parish and it was my day off. We had to play phone tag. I was up at the [family] farm with a chain saw, working in the woods. And, when he called, I was just getting out of my pickup truck.There's more, and it's all worthwhile reading.
I was in my Carhart jeans and in my work boots, and had nothing to take notes with. I was just sitting there in my truck listening to him tell me that I’ve just been named bishop. And he had to say ‘Cheyenne’ four times before I could understand what he was saying.
I still just can hardly believe it. It’s a very unusual experience. What can I say?
Earlier this week, the Cheyenne church announced that Etienne's 9 December ordination would be an open-invite Mass at the city's convention center.
PHOTO: Wyoming Tribune-Eagle via Nicolette Etienne OSB