St. Rafka lies in bed at St. Joseph Monastery in this archived photo.Local

Lebanese saint’s relics to make historic Denver visit

Pieces of bone from the remains of the Lebanon-born St. Rafka, proclaimed by St. Pope John Paul II as the “sixth wound of Christ” for the pain she endured from a shoulder wound akin to Christ’s, will be flown to the Denver International Airport Oct. 25 after touring the country. It is the first time… Read more »

Mary Beth Bonacci is interviewed for the PBS series "Colorado Experience" highlighting    St. John Paul II's 1993 visit to Denver.Local

PBS special to feature ‘first pope rock star’

Rocky Mountain PBS, Channel 6, will air a 30-minute documentary titled “Pope John Paul II” on an episode of its “Colorado Experience” program 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Mary Beth Bonacci, a Denver native who addressed 75,000 teenagers from the main stage at Mile High Stadium, just hours before the arrival of John Paul II, served as a… Read more »

"L FOR LORD!" Sixth-graders from Archdiocese of Denver Catholic elementary schools enjoy praise and worship music at the Focus 11 gathering at Holy Trinity School in Westminster Oct. 8 led by, from left, Phil Perez, Father Jim Crisman, Father Luis Granados, Sister Mary Elisha, R.S.M., Sister Luz Angélica Quñonez Rivera, M.C.M. and Father Joseph Mary Elder, O.F.M. Cap.School News

11-year-olds and 11th-graders focus on vocations

Last week, nearly 1,000 sixth-graders from Archdiocese of Denver Catholic elementary schools and 145 young women, juniors from Bishop Machebeuf and Holy Family High Schools, had an opportunity to learn about religious vocations at Focus 11 gatherings at Holy Trinity Parish and School in Westminster. “FOCUS 11 is an opportunity for 11-year-olds and 11th-graders to… Read more »

Richard Thompson and his wife Judy are conferred to the papal Order of St. Gregory the Great by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Feb. 13, 2011.School News

Catholic schools’ superintendent to retire

Superintendent Richard Thompson, 73, will retire in January, after 14 years serving the Archdiocese of Denver Catholic schools. In a letter sent to the principals of the Catholic schools last week, Thompson noted that he has worked for 50 years in education, most of that time in the ministry of Catholic education. His relationship with… Read more »

St. Rafka lies in bed at St. Joseph Monastery in this archived photo.

Lebanese saint’s relics to make historic Denver visit

Pieces of bone from the remains of the Lebanon-born St. Rafka, proclaimed by St. Pope John Paul II as the “sixth wound of Christ” for the pain she endured from a shoulder wound akin to Christ’s, will be flown to the Denver International Airport Oct. 25 after touring the country. It is the first time… Read more »

Mary Beth Bonacci is interviewed for the PBS series "Colorado Experience" highlighting    St. John Paul II's 1993 visit to Denver.

PBS special to feature ‘first pope rock star’

Rocky Mountain PBS, Channel 6, will air a 30-minute documentary titled “Pope John Paul II” on an episode of its “Colorado Experience” program 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Mary Beth Bonacci, a Denver native who addressed 75,000 teenagers from the main stage at Mile High Stadium, just hours before the arrival of John Paul II, served as a… Read more »

Cecilia "Ceci" Droll talks about her devotion to the Infant of Prague and faith while in her Golden home. Ceci reached 101 years old this year.

For this 101-year-old, it’s all hugs

Meet Cecilia Droll, and know a hug is on the way. Over the 101 years the Brooklyn native has spent as a wife, mother, World War II factory worker, homemaker and gardener—many of those years in Golden—she’s made a point to share some cheer with others. “You’d be surprised how many people warm up when… Read more »

Lisa Lickona delivers the latest talk in the 2014-2015 Archbishop's Lecture Series Oct. 7 on the campus of the St. John Paul II Center in south Denver.

Every mom can be a missionary from home, speaker says

Unlike the idea of traditional missionaries traveling the world to bring religion to those who never knew God, the family—and specifically mothers—serve as missionaries simply by the way they live their lives, according to theologian, wife and mother of eight, Lisa Lickona. Lickona presented the most recent installment of the 2014-2015 Archbishop’s Lecture Series, focused… Read more »

St. Rafka lies in bed at St. Joseph Monastery in this archived photo.

Lebanese saint’s relics to make historic Denver visit

Pieces of bone from the remains of the Lebanon-born St. Rafka, proclaimed by St. Pope John Paul II as the “sixth wound of Christ” for the pain she endured from a shoulder wound akin to Christ’s, will be flown to the Denver International Airport Oct. 25 after touring the country. It is the first time… Read more »

Father Emilio Franchomme, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Johnstown.

Growing pains in Johnstown eased, but not gone

In a town where the population has nearly tripled since 2000, growth is both a blessing and a challenge, according to Father Emilio Franchomme, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Johnstown. The Catholic community of 300-plus families moved from their church home of 40 years at 809 Charlotte Street in August, to a… Read more »

MANY COME TOGETHER to make up the team of volunteers at St. John’s Food Bank that help feed Longmont’s hungry: John Tipton, shift manager, coordinates drivers at the warehouse Sept. 9; Mike Hults, loads the van from Community Link in Boulder with food boxes that he will help deliver with his team; and 3-year-old Aleena Delisle volunteers with her mother Beth Delisle each week distributing food.

Longmont food bank delivers more than food

The food bank at St. John the Baptist Parish in Longmont provides between 11,000 to 14,000 pounds of food each week to anywhere from 200 to 350 families. It’s not only the numbers that make it a special operation, but the relationships behind those numbers. St. John’s Food Bank employs a unique model of delivering… Read more »

The new Holy Name Church in Steamboat Springs.

New mountain church offers ‘spiritual recreation’

(UPDATED Oct. 2, 2014 with photos from Sept. 14 dedication, photos by Shannon Lukens) Every summer thousands of Colorado families head over Rabbit Ears Pass to Steamboat Springs to mountain bike, fly fish, hike Fish Creek Falls, and soak in the hot springs. During the winter, skiers and snowboarders flock to the mountain resort on… Read more »

"L FOR LORD!" Sixth-graders from Archdiocese of Denver Catholic elementary schools enjoy praise and worship music at the Focus 11 gathering at Holy Trinity School in Westminster Oct. 8 led by, from left, Phil Perez, Father Jim Crisman, Father Luis Granados, Sister Mary Elisha, R.S.M., Sister Luz Angélica Quñonez Rivera, M.C.M. and Father Joseph Mary Elder, O.F.M. Cap.

11-year-olds and 11th-graders focus on vocations

Last week, nearly 1,000 sixth-graders from Archdiocese of Denver Catholic elementary schools and 145 young women, juniors from Bishop Machebeuf and Holy Family High Schools, had an opportunity to learn about religious vocations at Focus 11 gatherings at Holy Trinity Parish and School in Westminster. “FOCUS 11 is an opportunity for 11-year-olds and 11th-graders to… Read more »

Richard Thompson and his wife Judy are conferred to the papal Order of St. Gregory the Great by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Feb. 13, 2011.

Catholic schools’ superintendent to retire

Superintendent Richard Thompson, 73, will retire in January, after 14 years serving the Archdiocese of Denver Catholic schools. In a letter sent to the principals of the Catholic schools last week, Thompson noted that he has worked for 50 years in education, most of that time in the ministry of Catholic education. His relationship with… Read more »

Our Lady of Fatima School students and faculty pose for a photo during its 50th anniversary celebration.

Fatima school captured in capsule

Father Henri Tshibambe (below) tosses dirt onto a time capsule buried outside Our Lady of Fatima School Sept. 21 in Lakewood. Principal Lisa Taylor and students gathered items symbolizing their Catholic school and today’s culture in honor of its 50th anniversary. The capsule included items collected by each class—plaid uniforms, rosaries, a school lunch menu,… Read more »

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A holy match

Denver seminarians and Bishop Machebeuf High School students played in a friendly game of basketball Sept. 10 in the school’s gymnasium, the second time the teams have played together. Students and nearly 70 seminarians cheered the teams on during the game meant to raise awareness about vocations. Father Jim Crisman, director of priestly vocations, introduced… Read more »

Pope Paul VI, pictured here, will be beatified by Pope Francis Oct. 19.

Health-care professionals inspired by Paul VI praise his beatification

Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI Oct. 19 during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Pope Paul’s connection with themes raised at the synod Oct. 5-19 include his best-known encyclical Humanae Vitae, the 1968 letter affirming Church teaching on marriage, family life and contraception. Many dignitaries will attend… Read more »

Pope Francis speaks to the synod of bishops Oct. 10 inside the Vatican's Paul VI Hall.

Vatican clarifies report from synod’s first week as a ‘working document’

After the summary document released Oct. 13 by the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops generated worldwide media attention, a Vatican press office statement released today clarified the purpose of the document. “In response to reactions and discussions following the publication of the Relatio post disceptationem (report post discussion) and the fact… Read more »

Opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family on Oct. 5.

Be frank, humble – Pope Francis tells bishops at synod launch

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2014 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News) – During the opening session for the extraordinary synod on the family, Pope Francis told participants not to be afraid of saying what they truly think, and that only by doing this can they reach real conclusions. “You have to say all that which in… Read more »

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review cases on same-sex 'marriage' today, effectively opening the door to legalized marriages to same-sex couples in many states including Colorado.

Marriage defined by God, not state, say bishops

Colorado’s Catholic bishops responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear “marriage” amendment cases calling it a “disappointing” decision that will have a lasting and profound impact on the family. “The decision by the Supreme Court is disappointing and advances a misunderstanding of the institution of marriage,” the bishops said in a joint… Read more »