Shaun Garrison, musician and worship leader for Fellowship of Catholic University Students, hopes to raise $20,000 by Aug. 31 to record an album of original music.Local

Local musician hopes to make album with community support

“Hey, are you the music guy?” Shaun Garrison, musician and worship leader for the Genesee-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students, gets that question regularly at national FOCUS events. “Then they’ll proceed to tell me how the time of worship music I led at eucharistic adoration years before was a singular moment of conversion and reawakening… Read more »

Deacon candidates lay prostrate during their Jan. 25, 2014, ordination Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.Local

Meet the all-Hispanic class of deacon candidates

Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila will celebrate a bilingual – English and Spanish — deacons ordination Mass at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The six men have been studying through the Denver Archdiocese’s St. Francis School of Theology for Deacons for more than five years. One of the men also took… Read more »

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Lecture to cover not only #HowToDad but #WhyToDad

The hashtag #HowToDad was trending on social media recently following a Cheerios’ commercial with a positive message about being a good dad and how “awesome” it is. Last week a blog post from software CEO Max Schireson, explaining that he is stepping down his demanding job to spend more time with his family, went viral…. Read more »

Frank Sferra at Mullen High School in 2010.School News

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 »

Shaun Garrison, musician and worship leader for Fellowship of Catholic University Students, hopes to raise $20,000 by Aug. 31 to record an album of original music.

Local musician hopes to make album with community support

“Hey, are you the music guy?” Shaun Garrison, musician and worship leader for the Genesee-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students, gets that question regularly at national FOCUS events. “Then they’ll proceed to tell me how the time of worship music I led at eucharistic adoration years before was a singular moment of conversion and reawakening… Read more »

Deacon candidates lay prostrate during their Jan. 25, 2014, ordination Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Meet the all-Hispanic class of deacon candidates

Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila will celebrate a bilingual – English and Spanish — deacons ordination Mass at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The six men have been studying through the Denver Archdiocese’s St. Francis School of Theology for Deacons for more than five years. One of the men also took… Read more »

AB-Lecture-FatherhoodCROP

Lecture to cover not only #HowToDad but #WhyToDad

The hashtag #HowToDad was trending on social media recently following a Cheerios’ commercial with a positive message about being a good dad and how “awesome” it is. Last week a blog post from software CEO Max Schireson, explaining that he is stepping down his demanding job to spend more time with his family, went viral…. Read more »

Jenny Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, stands inside the state Capitol downtown after her election as president of the national director's association.

State director named first laywoman president of national agency

The state’s Catholic issues lobbyist Jenny Kraska made history this year by becoming the first laywoman to take the helm of a national association that coordinates 41 members active in advocating for the concerns of the Church. Kraska, the executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, said she was humbled and honored to be elected… 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 »

50 years a priest and much gratitude

Father Michael Kerrigan A Colorado native, Father Michael Kerrigan served as pastor at parishes in the heart of Denver to the Rocky Mountains. He is celebrating his 50-year ordination anniversary in the priesthood. Since 1966 Father Kerrigan, who was born in Leadville, has been assigned to guide the flock of faithful. He began ministering at… 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 »

Regis University's women's golf team

Brawn and brains: Regis University teams honored for academics

Four Regis University athletic teams earned top academic honors, receiving Paul W. Brechler Awards for highest team grade point averages among the 14 teams in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Regis teams honored include: the women’s golf squad that took top honors with a 3.64 GPA, men’s soccer combined for a 3.39… 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 »