Who We Are

In September of 1994, the Diocesan Finance Council recommended a feasibility study to examine the formation of a foundation for the Diocese of Cheyenne. A committee consisting of, the Moderator of the Curia, the Diocesan Finance Officer, the Diocesan Civil Attorney and the Diocesan Accountant was formed and reported their findings. After considering the report and much discussion, the Diocesan Financial Council and the College of Consultors recommended in 1997 that the Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation be formed and the recommendation was accepted.. In March of 1998, the Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Secretary of State and The Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation was founded as both a public juridic person in canon law and as a Wyoming nonprofit religious corporation.

What We Do

Today the Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation, governed by an independent Board of Directors, which includes Bishop Steven Biegler as its president, promotes and supports the ministries of the Diocese of Cheyenne. This support comes in the form of grants for:

· Catholic Education
· Seminarian Education
· Technology upgrades for parishes and schools
· Clergy Education
· Youth Ministry
· Retired clergy Medicare supplement assistance
· Diocesan administration
· Elderly housing assistance
· Hispanic Ministry
· Continuing education for parish staff
· Parish loans for capital projects
· Religious Education programs
· Anti-bullying programs in Catholic schools
· Other Catholic ministries not originated in parishes

In addition, the WCMF manages a charitable gift annuity program that allows donors to generate a stream of current income for themselves while benefitting Catholic ministries in the Diocese for years into the future. The WCMF also manages investments for Catholic parishes and schools using sophisticated investment management tools and ensuring that investments meet the guidelines established by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for support of Catholic social doctrine.

Our Mission

The Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation operates for the purpose of supporting the religious, charitable, ministerial, and educational programs of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Cheyenne, as expressed in the teachings, the canon law, and the customs and practices of the Catholic Church. The WCMF provides acceptance, investment management, and distribution of gifts and other assets entrusted to its care by the generous benefactors of the Church.

Board of Directors

The Most Reverend Steven Biegler, DD, STL  Bishop Steven attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary and St. Mary College in Winona, Minn., from 1986-89 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. From 1989-1993, he attended the North American College in Rome where he received an STB or Bachelor of Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rapid City at Holy Cross Church in Timber Lake on July 9, 1993. In 2010-11, he served as Diocesan Administrator for the Diocese of Rapid City. He was ordained and installed as the ninth Bishop of Cheyenne in July 2017.

Harry Flavin, CFA, MBA – Jackson, WY Harry was the top analyst for Merrill Lynch for more than 20 years. He left Merrill Lynch to start a mutual fund which he built to $1.5 billion in assets before he retired. He is currently a principal with Matterhorn Capital (www.matterhorncap.com), a money manager based in San Antonio.  Harry has an MBA from the Wharton School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Esther McGann CFP, MBA – Laramie, WY Esther McGann is a Certified Financial Planner. An MBA and major and planned giving officer at the University of Wyoming Foundation for fifteen years, she opened her practice in 1999. She is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, the Financial Planning Association, and the Southeast Wyoming Estate Planning Council. Her master of business administration degree is from the University of Wyoming.

Mike Lovelett, CPA – Casper, WY  Mike recently stepped down as the Managing Director of the Lovelett, Skogan & Associates (www.cpawyoming.com) Firm. He has completed both the AICPA’s CPA Ambassador Program and the Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting and Auditing Certificates of Educational Achievement Program. He currently is serving on the Board of the Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation. Mike is actively involved in the Kiwanis Club of Casper where he served for twelve years as Treasurer and Secretary Treasurer, and also served on various committees and the Board of Directors. He has been in leadership positions on many professional boards and commissions, giving freely of his time and talent.

Gay Woodhouse – Cheyenne, WY  Gay was licensed to practice law in 1978.   She is a graduate of University of Wyoming College of Law,  University of Wyoming (English) B.A. cum laude. She is a founding member of Gay Woodhouse Law Office, P.C. and Senior Partner in Woodhouse Roden, LLC. Gay is a member of the Wyoming State Bar; Wyoming Bar Commissioner; Wyoming State Bar Vice President; Wyoming State Bar President-Elect; Wyoming State Bar President; Laramie County Bar Association; Court Reorganization Committee; Domestic Violence Elimination Council; Southeast Wyoming Mental Health Center Board; Pathfinder, Inc. Board; Prevent Child Abuse Board of Directors; SAFE Harbor, a Children’s Justice Center Board of Directors; Laramie County Commissioner; Rotary of Cheyenne; High Noon Toastmasters. (http://www.woodhouseroden.com)

William N. Willingham – Cheyenne, WY  President and CEO of WYHY Federal Credit Union, a $160 million Credit Union, since 1992,  Bill is responsible for ensuring the financial stability of the Credit Union as well as providing general control of all financial and operational activities of the Credit Union, all with the best interest of the members and the employees.   Bill has a BS in business /management from Chapman University, Orange, California and Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Bill is very active in the local Knights of Columbus council, Boy Scouts Review Board and many national, regional and local credit union boards.

Stuart Palmer – Jackson, WY Stuart and his wife Susie operated a camp for youths in Jackson Hole for many years.  He was the business manager for Our Lady of the Mountains parish in Jackson, serving at the time the new church was being built.  He is deeply involved in Rotary International and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole and as District Governor of District 5440.  He has served on the Board of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole where he was actively involved in the grants committee.  Stuart is active in the Knights of Columbus as well.

Jim Magagna – Rock Springs, WY  Executive Vice President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. Jim is a native of Rock Springs and a lifelong sheep rancher in southwestern Wyoming. He has served as President of the American Sheep Industry Association and President of the National Public Lands Council. He has represented agriculture on numerous national, state and local councils and advisory boards. Prior to assuming the position of Executive Vice President of WSGA, he served as Director of the Wyoming Office of StateLands and Investments. Jim took over the reigns at WSGA in December of 1998. Jim is an attorney and has served on many non-profit boards, including the Wyoming Community Foundation.


Grant Application



The Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation (WCMF), aims for accessibility, objectivity, fairness and professionalism in all of its dealings with its constituents. The Foundation can distribute grants only to parishes, or qualified 501(c)3 organizations that support the ministries of the Diocese of Cheyenne and serve to build up the kingdom of God. The foundation neither lends nor grants money to individuals or political organizations.

Grants are made in three areas: Educational, Charitable, and Religious. Foundation grants are to provide funding assistance only within the Diocese of Cheyenne. Projects or activities which are the focus of grant applications must be aligned with the mission and key initiatives of The Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation and the Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Cheyenne.

The Foundation looks for one or more of the following conditions in a proposal:

  • Foundation support would be vital to a proposed project’s success;
  • A collaborative network exists that multiplies the impact of the grant;
  • Sustainability – The proposed project is likely to continue and expand after the grant period on the way to becoming self-supporting;
  • The proposal is innovative and efficient in its use of funds;
  • Expenses are reduced by sharing resources with other agencies or groups;
  • The project is a well-planned approach to solving a problem and delivering services;
  • The project promotes better human relationships and a sense of community;
  • The project helps fulfill the mission of your organization.

Grants are not made for purposes of:

  • Annual fund-raising events or drives.
  • Debt reduction.
  • Organizations not supported or endorsed by the Catholic Church or not serving an identifiable Catholic population.
  • Endowments or Individuals.
  • Funding more than one year of a program’s costs.
  • Operating costs, unless related to a new initiative or program.
  • Reimbursement for programs or projects already begun.

The Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation considers grant requests four times each year.  Grant requests must be submitted by midnight on each respective deadline.

After submission, grant requests are reviewed by the Grants Committee on the fourth Wednesday of the deadline month.  They are then approved or disapproved by the entire Board of Directors at the quarterly meetings, which take place 60 days after the Grants Committee meeting.

If your grant is approved, you can expect funding of your request within 30 days of approval.

Here is an example of the grant cycle:

  • A request is submitted on August 8th, the deadline for that cycle;
  • The Grants Committee meets August 22 to review and discuss grant applications. They make recommendations to the full Board of Directors;
  • The Board of Directors meet October 24 and vote on Grant Committee recommendations;
  • Funding will occur by November 24.

The Policies of the Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation prohibit reimbursement of expenses.  Therefore, if you submit a grant application requesting funding between the deadline and the subsequent Board of Directors meeting, your request will be declined.  This policy requires grant seekers to plan ahead by four or more months.

Grant requests are to be made through our website only.  Paper copies will not be considered.

Upcoming Dates:

Please note the dates below.  Grants must first be approved by the Grants Committee before presentation to the full Advisory Board.  Final approval of grants and notification will take place after the Board meeting.  The Foundation does not make reimbursement grants; therefore please be aware of the timing of your request.

Next Grant Deadline:  August 7, 2019
Notification of grant acceptance/denial: October 24, 2019.

Following Grant Deadline: November 6, 2019
Notification of grant acceptance/denial: January 23, 2020.

Final Grant Report