New solar panels installed atop the Lighthouse Women's Center in Denver.

Lighthouse now powered by the sun

Solar panels installed on the roof of Lighthouse Women’s Center at 3894 Olive St. in August now provide the power needed to operate the licensed medical facility. “We’re not going to have utility bills anymore,” explained executive director Lynn Grandon of the 14 panels that convert sunlight into electricity. “The energy company will send us… Read more »

Linda Del Rio, right, at Mass and papal audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 4, with Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, head of the sport section of the Pontifical Council for Culture; and Ben Domingue and Allison McCormick, who serve as missionaries with Varsity Catholic, a division of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students).

GUEST COLUMN: Transforming athletes into something greater

The following is adapted from a Sept. 2 talk by Linda Del Rio at a Vatican seminar organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture: “Sports at the Service of Humanity.” Del Rio spoke to the group of international delegates during a session titled “Overcoming the Throwaway Culture to Promote the Culture of Encounter and Fraternity.”… Read more »

Ana Chaparro

Hispanic woman awarded for work with addicted, at-risk

When Ana Chaparro looks into the eyes of Latinos enslaved by drugs and alcohol, she tries to see Christ, she said. “When I see them recovering, I feel like it’s a miracle,” said the 41-year-old Ascension Church parishioner. Chaparro has led volunteers of Prevention and Rescue in Colorado (known as “Prevencion y Rescate” in Spanish)… Read more »

Seminarian Erik Vigil Reyes of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver lays prostrate during his diaconal ordination Mass Sept. 6.

Around the Archdiocese: Vocations

Seminarian from Poland ordained in homeland               Tomasz Strzeboński, a native of Poland and seminarian at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich., was ordained deacon  by Archbishop Samuel Aquila at the St. John Paul II Center in Krakow, Poland, Aug. 16. Following his priestly ordination, expected… Read more »

New solar panels installed atop the Lighthouse Women's Center in Denver.

Lighthouse now powered by the sun

Solar panels installed on the roof of Lighthouse Women’s Center at 3894 Olive St. in August now provide the power needed to operate the licensed medical facility. “We’re not going to have utility bills anymore,” explained executive director Lynn Grandon of the 14 panels that convert sunlight into electricity. “The energy company will send us… Read more »

Linda Del Rio, right, at Mass and papal audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 4, with Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, head of the sport section of the Pontifical Council for Culture; and Ben Domingue and Allison McCormick, who serve as missionaries with Varsity Catholic, a division of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students).

GUEST COLUMN: Transforming athletes into something greater

The following is adapted from a Sept. 2 talk by Linda Del Rio at a Vatican seminar organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture: “Sports at the Service of Humanity.” Del Rio spoke to the group of international delegates during a session titled “Overcoming the Throwaway Culture to Promote the Culture of Encounter and Fraternity.”… Read more »

Ana Chaparro

Hispanic woman awarded for work with addicted, at-risk

When Ana Chaparro looks into the eyes of Latinos enslaved by drugs and alcohol, she tries to see Christ, she said. “When I see them recovering, I feel like it’s a miracle,” said the 41-year-old Ascension Church parishioner. Chaparro has led volunteers of Prevention and Rescue in Colorado (known as “Prevencion y Rescate” in Spanish)… Read more »

Seminarian Erik Vigil Reyes of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver lays prostrate during his diaconal ordination Mass Sept. 6.

Around the Archdiocese: Vocations

Seminarian from Poland ordained in homeland               Tomasz Strzeboński, a native of Poland and seminarian at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich., was ordained deacon  by Archbishop Samuel Aquila at the St. John Paul II Center in Krakow, Poland, Aug. 16. Following his priestly ordination, expected… Read more »

The new Holy Name Church in Steamboat Springs.

New mountain church offers ‘spiritual recreation’

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 the western ridge of the Continental Divide for fun in the snow. “We’re a… Read more »

Stained glass inside Annunciation Church was one of the seven sites selected for the Register's concluded summer Art and Architecture Walk.

Ownership found after friends join sacred art walk

After Barbara Finnegan and her friend traveled across the Front Range to visit some of the most notable sacred art and architecture spots, she felt like a member of the community. Finnegan, 74, and Patty O’Keefe, 74, of St. Thomas More Church in Centennial still felt like transplants from other states until they completed the… Read more »

Priesthood a surprise, call to deepening faith for 25-year priests

The following priests in the Archdiocese of Denver are marking 25 years in the priesthood.   Father Dennis Brown, O.M.V. Currently: spiritual director for permanent diaconate program at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary Born: Flint, Mich. Ordained: May 28, 1989 Among previous assignments: retreat director in Loretto, Austria, and Ann Arbor, Mich.; chaplain in Boston,… Read more »

Father Jude Geilenkirchen

Retired priest back to full-time ministry

For those who may be wondering what happened to Father Jude Geilenkirchen, 76, since his retirement from active ministry in 2009, he is happily serving at St. Clare of Assisi in Edwards and St. Mary in Eagle, according to pastor Msgr. Robert Kinkel. “Out of the generosity of his heart, he has volunteered to help… Read more »

GA Harvest SA photo

Students delight in school garden’s harvest

Guardian Angels School students gather around the fruits and vegetables harvested from their own garden at the beginning of the school year. The students and faculty cultivate the garden used as an educational tool and source for healthy lunch options. During a back-to-school picnic, the students feasted on the fresh produce.

Jesuit Father Philip Steele, who returned to his hometown of Denver to assume the role as president of Regis Jesuit High School in June 2006, will step down at the end of the school year.

Regis Jesuit High School begins search for new president

After nine years at the helm of Regis Jesuit High School, Father Philip Steele, S.J., will step down as president at the end of this school year. The process has begun to find his successor, according to Charisse Broderick King, director of communications at the Aurora high school. The search committee will be chaired by… Read more »

Savanna Hamilton, 18, a senior at Holy Family High School in Broomfield, is currently reigning as Adams County Fair Queen.

Queen takes the reign

When Brighton resident Savanna Hamilton was in sixth grade, she was dying to have a horse. “My dad promised me if I got all A’s that I could have a horse,” Hamilton, a senior at Holy Family High School in Broomfield, told the Denver Catholic Register. “I did, so now I have a horse.” For… Read more »

Frank Sferra at Mullen High School in 2010.

Mullen loses longtime teacher and friend

Mullen High School teacher Frank Sferra, 77, died July 30 after an extended illness. “The Mullen community and the Denver Catholic community have lost a friend and a saint,” said Mullen president and CEO Carl Unrein. Sferra was born in Denver Oct. 16, 1936. He graduated from Regis Jesuit High School and Regis University, and… Read more »

President Barack Obama meets with Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East Sept. 11 at the White House.

Church leaders, lawmakers meet to advocate for Mideast Christians

A historic ecumenical and bipartisan summit held in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9-11 to advocate for the safety of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East drew 1,200 people from 24 states and 14 countries and included a meeting of Christian patriarchs with President Barack Obama. Organized by the new nonprofit advocacy group In Defense… Read more »

A displaced Iraqi boy in northern Iraq helps unload water in Community Center's Kitchen at the Church St. John the Baptist.

Bishops encourage support to Middle East with local collection

The Archdiocese of Denver, at the request of the U.S. bishops, will take up a special collection to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for those suffering in the Middle East at weekend Masses Sept. 13-14. “We want to take this action while it is fresh in the minds and hearts of the people as… Read more »

FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) representatives Ben Dominque, Linda Del Rio and Allison McCormick at the Match for Peace at Olympic Stadium in Rome Sept. 1.

Peace is the GOOOOOOAL! (with photo album)

Nearly 50 of the world’s best soccer players, past and present, including Argentine standouts Javier Zanetti and Lionel Messi, and Brazil’s Ronaldinho, will gather in Rome Sept. 1 for an interreligiuos Match for Peace. Players in the exhibition game, set for 8:45 p.m. Rome time in Olympic Stadium, represent several different religions groups including Catholic,… Read more »

Iraqi families who fled recent fighting near the city of Mosul prepare to sleep on the ground as they try to enter a temporary displacement camp but are blocked by Kurdish soldiers on July 3, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq. The families, many with small and sick children, have no shelter and little water and food.

Denver Christians, Jews, Muslims to gather to pray for Mideast

Demonstrating his deep concern for growing violence against innocent people in the Middle East, Archbishop Samuel Aquila invites people of all faith backgrounds to an evening of interreligious prayer at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver. “We must pray and fast for our enemies,” Archbishop Aquila… Read more »