Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By CNA Daily News - Europe (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

Rapid City native appointed as next bishop of Cheyenne

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Vatican City, Mar 16, 2017 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has chosen Fr. Steven Biegler, a native of Rapid City, South Dakota, as the next bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, WY.

A March 16 message posed on the Rapid City diocese’s website wished Fr. Biegler well in his new role on behalf of Bishop Robert Gruss, the clergy, religious and people of the diocese, saying, “we pray that God will continue to richly bless you with wisdom, vitality and the love of Christ and his people.”

Fr. Biegler, 58, has been a priest of the Diocese of Rapid City since his ordination July 9, 1993. Most recently, he has held the position as Vicar General of the diocese since 2011 and Rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help since 2016.

The Diocese of Cheyenne encompasses the entirety of the state of Wyoming and has a total population of 584,153 people, of whom 55,336 are Catholic.

The official See of the Cheyenne diocese has been only been vacant for five months, making Biegler’s appointment a quick one, since bishop appointments typically take at least a year to approve.

The former bishop of Cheyenne, Paul D. Etienne was appointed Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska by Pope Francis Oct. 4, 2016.  

Bishop-elect Biegler was born March 22, 1959, in Mobridge, South Dakota, in the diocese of Rapid City. After high school, he studied for a year at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

He then entered the Seminary of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Winona, Minn., and later studied at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Theology in 1992.

In 2007, he received a License in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

After his ordination, Biegler was named Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City from 1993-1994, then Parochial Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish in Bonesteel, Saint Anthony Parish in Fairfax, and Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Ponca Creek from 1994-1996.

From 1996-2003, he was Co-Pastor of Saint Bernard Parish in McLaughlin with the mission churches of Saint Bonaventure in McIntosh, Saint Bede in Wakpala, Saint Aloysius in Bullhead, Assumption in Kenel and Saint Michael in Watauga.

He was a member of the College of Consultors from 1998-2003 and then again since 2009. He was also Director of Pastoral Formation at the Pontifical North American College from 2003-2006.

From 2007-2010 Bishop-elect Biegler was Chaplain of the diocesan Catholic schools, and of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City and Diocesan Administrator of Rapid City from 2010-2011.

He was Pastor of Our Lady of the Black Hills parish in Piedmonth from 2011-2015.


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation.

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)

Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen!

Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.

Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%! (See Video).

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.