Call me Bishop Steven

Call me Bishop Steven

I understand that people in the diocese have been asking about how I would like to be addressed.  My preference is to be called “Bishop Steven,” rather than Bishop Biegler.  However, I will not be fussy about it, so please do not worry about it if you forget.

Why “Bishop Steven”?  Steven is my baptismal name, and the name that I was called by my family.  As a priest, I used Fr. Steve, so Bishop Steven is similar.  While I understand that using a Bishop’s last name for address is a form of respect, it might also create distance in a relationship which is meant to be fatherly and familial.

Also, I do not prefer titles like “your excellency,” etc.  Formal titles like that do not fit my personality.

“Bishop” is a title used in the New Testament.  The word in Greek is episkopos which means “overseer” with the sense of a guardian who is watching over others to guide and protect them.   St. Peter uses this word to describe Jesus’ care for us in 1 Pet. 2:25, “For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have returned to the shepherd and guardian (episkopon) of your souls.”

I am excited to be with you, and I look forward to serving the Lord with you.  In preparation for my episcopal ordination, I am required to make a retreat, which I will make next week May 22-26.  Please pray for me.

Peace in Christ,

Bishop-elect Steven


16 thoughts on “Call me Bishop Steven

  1. Welcome Bishop Steven. I pray the peace of Jesus embrace, protect and shine about you on your new journey in our humble home of Wyoming.

  2. I look forward to meeting you one day. I am originally from Spearfish where I went to church under Fr. William O’Connell, a man I greatly respected and who was a good friend of our family. It feels like home having someone from South Dakota as our bishop.
    I enjoyed reading your letter and I pray that God’s grace is with you as you take on this new position. Peace be with you.

  3. Dear Bishop Steven,
    Congratulations on your new assignment. You will be a wonderful Bishop! I know first hand of your compassion and love for your sheep. I often reflect on your kindness at a difficult time and hope to emulate the same.

  4. Bishop Steven,
    Although we have moved to Colorado, we are still very close to our Catholic family in Cheyenne. We are so glad that you have been appointed to the Wyoming diocese. We hope to travel to Cheyenne for your ordination. We will keep you in our prayers. Hope to see you on this special day.

  5. I am originally from Hill City and still have family there as well as loads of cousins in Rapid. Love going to Cathedral in Rapid as well as Blessed Sacrament. Do you know Father Mike Mulloy? I know him as well as knowing his father. I also went to mass in Keystone.
    Wishing you the best and glad you are going to be our new bishop.

  6. Welcome. I’m looking forward to meeting you. I grew up in Gregory, SD . My good friend Jean Drummond tells me we have been truly blessed to have you as our Bishop. She also told me you will be greatly missed in Rapid. I pray that we can prove to be a blessing to you as well.

  7. Please
    . Most graced Bishop Steven,. Philip and I pray for many Graces for you this year, we’re blessed to have you as our Bishop of Wyoming. Please check out this site http://www.ourladyofpeaceshrine.com. There is a feild mass on June 18th at 10 a.m. in Pine Bluffs, WY. We would be honored if you would do the mass with Father Kevin Koch. The tradition is the Bishop always says the mass. Philip & Marium Trefren

  8. Welcome, Bishop Steven! It will be a pleasure to meet you one day. Thank you for accepting this appointment. You will be in my prayers.

  9. What a beautiful Mass of Ordination. I am so honored to know you and be anble to watch it on EWTN. GOD BLESS YOU on you new venture in life.

  10. Congrats Bishop Steven! We are happy for you! You will be amazing in your new role! Please pray for rain while on retreat! Hope to see you again sometime! Love Eva Hepper God Bless You!

  11. Congratulations Bishop Steven! That will take a while to get used to after calling you Father Steve for so long! I continue to keep you in my prayers! You are missed. God bless. Jane Langbehn

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