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Leo McDowell
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I am a priest serving in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana. I am currently serving as the vocation director for the diocese. As of April 9, 2012 I am the pastor of Saint Mary Parish in Livingston, MT with Saint Margaret Church in Clyde Park and Saint William Church in Gardiner and also as Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Big Timber.
I am a priest serving in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana. I am currently serving as the vocation director for the diocese. As of April 9, 2012 I am the pastor of Saint Mary Parish in Livingston, MT with Saint Margaret Church in Clyde Park and Saint William Church in Gardiner and also as Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Big Timber.

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Life matters
Another police officer was killed last night. I just say a video of a group of people who attacked a carnival ride operator because the line was not moving fast enough. People ask the question, "Why is this happening?" I'd like to offer a few suggestions ab...

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I light of the recent shooting at a church in South Carolina, I've heard the following from various politicians. According the the Huffington Post online , President Obama said the following: "Any death of this sort is a tragedy, any shooting involving mult...

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Ought vs Can
Before I had even opened my eyes this morning, this thought was going through my head: there is a difference between what we can do and what we ought to do. How many times in life do we show what we can do, whether right or wrong, instead of what we ought t...

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Thoughts on the Presidents visit to Georgetown
Yesterday, President Obama was part of a forum at Georgetown University. He made several comments that I feel I need to address. The first is in his reference that Catholics and Evangelicals should spend less time talking about abortion and do more for the ...

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2015 Montana Knights of Columbus Chaplain's Report
Here is the oral report I presented at the 2015 State Convention

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Liturgical changes
Over at Fr. Z's blog, he was asked a question about the priest following the rubrics. It seems the priest would change the rubrics as he saw necessary. I have often had the opposite take place in my parish. I've had the parishioners suggest I make certain ...

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Thoughts from the Supreme Knight of Columbus
I just finished listening to Carl A. Anderson's Annual Report of the Supreme Knight. I want to pick up on a few things he said about the Culture of Life: St. John Paul II taught us that only a civilization of love is worthy of human dignity and the truth ab...

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The Cost of Catholic Education
Having spent a number of years working with Catholic Schools, I am often surprised by number of people who do not understand the cost of sending their children to a Catholic school. Many parents seem to think that the cost of education is the price charged ...

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Listening to this group at the Grizzly Bend Club 
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