A Mystic Monk shot… with a .308!

An alert reader let me know that H.E. Most Rev. Paul Etienne, Bishop of Cheyenne, WY, went to visit the Carmelite men near Cody, WY.  There are photos on His Excellency’s blog.

“But Father! But Father!”, some of you are surely saying.  “Aren’t those the guys who …”

…make the Mystic Monk Coffee!  Yes, indeed they are.

My favorite photo has to be this one.

Mystic Monk Coffee

Help these guys build their new monastery!

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  1. “But Father! But Father! Is this way to drink a mystic monk coffee with a shot rather tableware consuming, isn’t it?”

    I would prefer the use of a Calvados instead of a .308 bullet. Cheaper in tableware consumption and I think it tastes better too.

    Yours in Christ
    Marcus, the one with the C

  2. green fiddler says:

    Thanks, Fr Z… fun way to start our day!
    I especially enjoyed seeing pics of monk music and his Excellency getting a ride on monk-mobile.

  3. Maltese says:

    I think it’s cool when Bishops go deer hunting:


  4. Kerry says:

    Religious men with coffee and firearms, what’s not to like?

  5. Henry Belton says:

    Carhartts, guns – no rainbow vestments: fantastic!

    Men are returning to the priesthood.

  6. Jim Dorchak says:

    THis is so Cool!

    It is great to see that these Bros and Priests and Bishop are real men! They did not give up their masculinity in giving their lives to Christ.
    Fr Z Do you have a good vennison meal that you have cooked that you could show us? My favorite is Burgundy peppercorn venison loin steaks, with asperagus, cheesey mashed potatoes and a fresh garden salad.

  7. Jim Dorchak says:

    Maybe Cowgirl could chime in here on a collaboration between the two of you on venison!

  8. Jack007 says:

    Let’s see…

    Bishop Etienne cares enough about his priests and religious to go spend some time with them, praying, snowmobiling and having himself photographed even in what many of his fellow bishops would consider politically incorrect circumstances (ie firearms).

    Bishop Etienne also is so devoted to the Blessed Mother that he even has her initial M prominently displayed on his coat of arms.

    Hmmmm… you don’t think? No. There couldn’t be a connection between the two? Could there?

    After years of enduring so much lavender, we give thanks oh Lord for a return to to purple amongst your shepherds!

    Thanks for some good news to start the day, Fr. Z!

    Jack in KC


  9. Adam Welp says:

    Man, we really miss Bishop Etienne here in Southern Indiana. I’m glad that God called him to higher service in the church.

  10. jkm210 says:

    Thanks so much for alerting us to Bishop Etienne’s blog…I hadn’t realized he was blogging. I knew him as a child when he was associate pastor at my parish. After he had been there for a few months, my younger sister went up to him after Mass and told him that his homilies had really improved! :-)

  11. irishgirl says:

    Woo hoo! What a cool picture!
    A Bishop in the great outdoors with manly monks-I love it!
    Did they catch anything on this hunting trip?

  12. Liz says:

    Wonderful! I always love how joyful they look. There are some nice photos of them on the New Mount Carmel Foundation website. I would link to the sledding one, but I am afraid the link would be too long and I don’t know how embed it. I don’t even know how to spell that…embed, imbed, em-bed? I am trying to say it with two syllables, but it looks like one to me. Oh well.

  13. AnAmericanMother says:

    COMPLETELY excellent! Carhartts are da bomb – don’t know what we’d do without them in the duck blind or on the training field, especially with all the snow we’ve had.

    Nice rifle, too. I think I have the same one – Ruger M-77 in .308 with a 4x scope, but with a wood stock not nylon camo. Nylon is better in the snow and wet . . . .

    I’ll take a big thermos of Mystic Monk and extra cups with me the next time we go out with the dogs. It’s appreciated.

  14. EXCHIEF says:

    That photo would make a good ad for MM Coffee, Carhart, and Remington firearms. Package it up Fr Z, it may be a money maker

  15. AnAmericanMother says:


    Do you think it’s a Remington? I can’t see the fore-end, but I thought the comb was more prominent on a Rem 700 . . . ?

    Not that there’s anything wrong with either one.

  16. EXCHIEF says:

    The camo makes it a little tough to make out some of the details but overall (including the camo pattern) it looks like a Rem 700. Cold as it appeared to be when the photo was taken I’d be more interested in the Mystic Monk coffee than the rifle :)

  17. q7swallows says:

    Religious summit meeting, Wyoming style.

    I LOVE IT!!!

  18. ghp95134 says:

    His Excellency’s big “cheese-eating grin” says it all!

    –Guy Power

  19. We’d love to have priests come up to Alaska and spend time in Carharts, with guns, and going hunting. I know lots of fine places to stay with good cooks. We are always in need of GOOD Priests who need a nice “retreat.”

    Love the pictures!

  20. The Egyptian says:

    more fun than a barrel full of monk-eys
    sorry, couldn’t help myself

    love to let these guys loose on some happy clappy parish, carharts, guns and all. The on eagles wings types would swoon


  21. AnAmericanMother says:

    Monks (and bishops) on 4-wheelers are pretty cool too.

    I guess if you’re going to be the bishop of a place like Wyoming, you had jolly well better be able to meet your flock where they live!

    (we have some fine rural areas in Georgia where 4-wheelers, Carhartts and good rifles by whatever manufacturer are appreciated, but Catholics tend to be pretty thin on the ground out there. They mostly hang around Atlanta metro, where eagles wings types and swooners abound.)

  22. Tony Layne says:

    We’ve seen Nuns With Guns, now we have—Carmelites in Carhartts? Religious With Rifles? Either way, I love it!

  23. EXCHIEF says:

    You deserve a gold star for those two

  24. irishgirl says:

    Hey, if those rifles are Remingtons, they’re made not far from where I live here in Upstate NY!
    ‘Carmelites in Carharts, Religious with Rifles’-yeah, Tony Layne, you deserve TWO GOLD STARS for that!

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