Thursday, July 20, 2023

Cajun Catholic Cowboys

Every few years, Gillette hosts the National High School Finals Rodeo. When it comes to town, it usually stays for two years in a row. The rodeo was here last year and again this year. This year, though, was the rodeo's 75th anniversary. As providence would have it, I stayed in Gillette for the Masses on the opening weekend and was able to acknowledge all the cowboy families that made the effort to go to Mass. Cream of the crop. 

The Louisiana contingent stood out. Their events ranged from rough stock to barrels to roping and cow/horse reining. 

I was able to get out during the week and watch Wyatt crack out in saddle bronc. 

Another evening I went out and enjoyed some crawfish with Scott and his crew. 

Scott owns the Acadia Crawfish Company in Louisiana. I was all about eating crawfish that was already shelled. 

They grow rice too. 

Giddy up! 

I caught one more morning with these Cajun Catholics. Friendly folks to say the least. 

Even got rid of a book or two. 

The highlight of my time with them was this early morning Rosary. They may be cowboys, but they're Catholics first. 

Rodeo is the one sport that is not afraid to give God the glory. I love being cowboy, but I love being Catholic more. It doesn't matter where we're from, our faith makes us family. Keep wearing your hats, and keep fighting for Mass. The world needs more Cajun Catholic Cowboys! 


1 comment:

  1. How nice, we saw the crowd ! Glad you were able to enjoy it and the Cajun cuisine !


Fr. Brian

Fr. Brian Hess and I go way back to seminary. Being two years ahead of me in school and about eight years behind me in life, we've spent...