Rapid City Priest Answers Call To Become Bishop Of The Diocese Of Wyoming


When most of us get a new title at work it’s a promotion. For those in the religious life, it’s considered answering a mission.

Father Steven Biegler has been a priest for 24 years. For the last nine months he’s been the pastor and Vicar General at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City.  That’s about to change, following a phone call from a representative of the Pope.

“He called February 27th, and said that Pope Francis had chosen me to be the Bishop of Wyoming,” Steven Biegler said.

The news brought a flood of emotions.

“A bit of shock and being overwhelmed at the change that would bring to my life, from being here for 24 years and knowing people, being so connected with people here, but also some excitement, excitement in the mission,” Biegler said.

The Diocese of Wyoming includes the entire state.   

In South Dakota, Bielger serves in the Diocese of Rapid City which includes just part of the state.

“I anticipate a lot of changes, I don’t know what those will all be right now, but the ministry will change, it will be much more public,” Biegler said.

Though it may be a change, it’s one he is ready to accept.

“‘Is this what the Lord wants?, because if it is, then I want to do that,’ I really found that serving and saying yes to what God wants, that’s a mission that I want to be a part of,” Biegler said.

Father Biegler will be the ninth Bishop for the Diocese of Cheyenne. He will be starting there on June 5.

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