Parish News

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 »

Volunteer Jim Ryan teaches a class at Centro San Juan Diego.Local

Why I volunteer at Centro San Juan Diego

The following testimonial is from Centro San Juan Diego volunteer instructor Jim Ryan. Centro is looking for volunteer teachers for the new academic year. For more information, contact Juan Carlos Reyes at juancarlos.reyes@archden.org or at 303-295-9470, ext. 114. When I retired nine years ago I had no idea what I should or could do that… Read more »

Cover of "Waiting for a Name" by Colorado Catholic Cynthia CernyLocal

Colorado author pens book of pro-life reflections

Ten years ago, Cynthia Cerny was living a life many people would envy. She had authored a best-selling book on her dating experiences and was a sought-after guest on numerous radio and television shows. And through her job as an executive assistant to high-powered CEOs in Denver, she frequently rubbed elbows with the rich and… Read more »

Holy Family High School graduate David Sommers was interviewed on 9News in June for winning the 2014 Fred Steinmark award.Local

Holy Family grad takes prestigious award

One of Holy Family High School’s own was named winner of a prestigious state award this year. David Sommers was one of two to take home the 2014 Fred Steinmark High School Athlete of the Year award for his accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The Broomfield graduate is the… Read more »

Volunteer Jim Ryan teaches a class at Centro San Juan Diego.

Why I volunteer at Centro San Juan Diego

The following testimonial is from Centro San Juan Diego volunteer instructor Jim Ryan. Centro is looking for volunteer teachers for the new academic year. For more information, contact Juan Carlos Reyes at juancarlos.reyes@archden.org or at 303-295-9470, ext. 114. When I retired nine years ago I had no idea what I should or could do that… Read more »

Cover of "Waiting for a Name" by Colorado Catholic Cynthia Cerny

Colorado author pens book of pro-life reflections

Ten years ago, Cynthia Cerny was living a life many people would envy. She had authored a best-selling book on her dating experiences and was a sought-after guest on numerous radio and television shows. And through her job as an executive assistant to high-powered CEOs in Denver, she frequently rubbed elbows with the rich and… Read more »

Holy Family High School graduate David Sommers was interviewed on 9News in June for winning the 2014 Fred Steinmark award.

Holy Family grad takes prestigious award

One of Holy Family High School’s own was named winner of a prestigious state award this year. David Sommers was one of two to take home the 2014 Fred Steinmark High School Athlete of the Year award for his accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The Broomfield graduate is the… Read more »

Catechetical School instructor Daniel Campbell teaches a class at the St. John Paul II Center in Denver.

Catechetical School class to give keys to happiness

What is happiness? And how do I find it? Declarations on true happiness in the modern world may lead faithful astray, but one of Denver’s Catechetical School instructors Daniel Campbell has the answers to help put seekers on the right path. This is the third year the Augustine Institute graduate and Our Lady of Mount… 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 »

Sandy Polocz, left, brings fruit with her children for a blessing on the feast of the Transfiguration at Holy Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church.

VIDEO: Fruits blessed in ancient Byzantine tradition

One of Denver’s smallest Catholic churches is keeper of some of the most ancient Christian traditions. On the feast of the Transfiguration, Aug. 6, parishioners of Holy Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church gathered fruit and symbols of the fruits of their labor for a blessing. The first-fruits blessing dates back to… Read more »

Msgr. Thomas Dentici, pictured here in an Aug. 1990 article in the Denver Catholic Register, died July 17. His funeral arrangements are pending.

Western Slope priest dies at 85

Msgr. Thomas Dentici, who worked to connect the Western Slope with Denver and launched its first Catholic Charities’ office, died July 17. He was 85. Born to Salvatore and Josephine Dentici on Aug. 8, 1928 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Thomas Francis Dentici attended Niagara University and Seminary and Our Lady of Angels in New York. He… Read more »

Liturgical composer Dan Schutte talks with fellow musician during a workshop at Spirit of Christ Church in Arvada.

Music composer takes stage at Spirit of Christ

Contemporary liturgical composer and musician Daniel Schutte visited Spirit of Christ Church in Arvada early this month to lead a workshop. The American songwriter, known for composing the hymn “Here I Am, Lord,” conducted the workshop in honor of the parish’s year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary. Liturgical music has taken center stage during Spirit… 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, 1931. He graduated from Regis Jesuit High School and Regis University, and… Read more »

Danica Cutshall, Regis University senior and midfielder for the lacrosse team, received the 2014 IWLCA Division II Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Local college lacrosse player receives national honor

Regis University senior and midfielder for the lacrosse team, Danica Cutshall, was recently named the 2014 IWLCA Division II Scholar Athlete of the Year, one of the top honors given by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. The Lakeville, Minn. native led the Regis University Rangers to their best season in school history with a record… Read more »

Graduates of the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy with the organization's directors, Chauncey Billups and Lonnie Porter, right, at Regis University June 26.

At-risk kids receive education boost

Fourteen high school students from some of Denver’s most at-risk communities graduated from the 19th annual Porter-Billups Leadership Academy at Regis University June 26. The program, that helps prepare students for college, is a joint effort of longtime Regis University men’s basketball coach, Lonnie Porter; and National Basketball Association All-Star and Denver native Chauncey Billups…. 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 »

Chris Stefanick, evangelist and syndicated columnist for the Denver Catholic Register, will be among featured speakers for the Amazing Parish conferences launching in Denver in August.

‘Amazing Parish’ inaugural conference to be held in Denver

CNA – A new movement seeking to unite the faithful and their pastors in the formation of thriving parishes has seen a wide scope of interest throughout the U.S. in the time since it was started little more than a year ago. “The response has been great,” Pat Lencioni, one of the founders, told CNA…. Read more »

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Senate rejects bill to end employer conscience protections

Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News)—The U.S. Senate on July 16 rejected a bill that opponents warned would have stripped conscience protections for businesses, drawing a response of cautious relief. “While the outcome of today’s vote is a relief, it is sobering to think that more than half the members of the U.S. Senate, sworn to uphold… Read more »

Pope Francis during the May 22 Wednesday general audience at the Vatican.

Vatican dismisses Italian news report on papal interview

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News)— The Vatican spokesperson said that the pope’s words as reported in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica cannot be considered with certainty to be Pope Francis’ actual words. Father Federico Lombardi of the Holy See Press Office questioned whether there is an “explicit acknowledgment” in the interview of “a manipulation of naive… Read more »