Beatitudes Sister Mary of the Visitation, Dominican Sister Maria Ivana Begovic, Carmelite Sister Emma Luz, Dominican Sister John Peter and Beatitudes Sister Magdalit Bolduc enjoy Religious Sisters Appreciation Day.

Vocation appreciation: 100-plus sisters honored

Religious women in the archdiocese were recognized April 18 at an event that organizers believe to be unique to the Archdiocese of Denver. The annual Religious Sisters Appreciation Day, hosted by the Denver Serra Club at Risen Christ Parish, honored 74 sisters by showering them with gifts and gift cards, flowering plants, and cash donations…. Read more »

At a Denver lecture April 21, John Grabowski advised Catholics to go straight to the source to understand the teachings of Pope Francis.

Get ‘your Pope Francis’ straight from Pope Francis

Pope Francis is “very aware” how he is represented, and at times misrepresented, by the media, according to John S. Grabowski, Ph.D., a professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. “Pope Francis is certainly aware that his statements sometimes get misreported or taken out of context,” Grabowski said April 21 at the… Read more »

Father Roland Freeman, center, and Deacon Brian Feller, left, greet a student and her caregiver during the annual Special Religious Education Mass April 19.

Love from a different view

When some people first lay eyes on Diane and Stan Raczkowski’s son, Shane, they see a burden. A 28-year-old man, Shane cannot walk, clean or dress himself. He gets nourishment for his 65-pound body through a feeding tube, and speaks with difficulty through the tracheostomy in his throat. His parents look and see the love… Read more »

Pregnancy care center workers and volunteers from across the state pose for a photo at the state Capitol April 21 when the Senate passed a resolution in support of their work for pregnant women.

Pregnancy care centers get nod from Senate

State Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, described an all-too-common scenario volunteers at pregnancy resource centers witness. “A young, scared 15-year-old girl showed up at the Alamosa pregnancy center, abortion-minded, looking for information and a confirmation of her pregnancy,” Crowder described to an audience of fellow senators inside the Capitol April 21. Crowder’s wife met the pregnant… Read more »

Beatitudes Sister Mary of the Visitation, Dominican Sister Maria Ivana Begovic, Carmelite Sister Emma Luz, Dominican Sister John Peter and Beatitudes Sister Magdalit Bolduc enjoy Religious Sisters Appreciation Day.

Vocation appreciation: 100-plus sisters honored

Religious women in the archdiocese were recognized April 18 at an event that organizers believe to be unique to the Archdiocese of Denver. The annual Religious Sisters Appreciation Day, hosted by the Denver Serra Club at Risen Christ Parish, honored 74 sisters by showering them with gifts and gift cards, flowering plants, and cash donations…. Read more »

At a Denver lecture April 21, John Grabowski advised Catholics to go straight to the source to understand the teachings of Pope Francis.

Get ‘your Pope Francis’ straight from Pope Francis

Pope Francis is “very aware” how he is represented, and at times misrepresented, by the media, according to John S. Grabowski, Ph.D., a professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. “Pope Francis is certainly aware that his statements sometimes get misreported or taken out of context,” Grabowski said April 21 at the… Read more »

Father Roland Freeman, center, and Deacon Brian Feller, left, greet a student and her caregiver during the annual Special Religious Education Mass April 19.

Love from a different view

When some people first lay eyes on Diane and Stan Raczkowski’s son, Shane, they see a burden. A 28-year-old man, Shane cannot walk, clean or dress himself. He gets nourishment for his 65-pound body through a feeding tube, and speaks with difficulty through the tracheostomy in his throat. His parents look and see the love… Read more »

Pregnancy care center workers and volunteers from across the state pose for a photo at the state Capitol April 21 when the Senate passed a resolution in support of their work for pregnant women.

Pregnancy care centers get nod from Senate

State Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, described an all-too-common scenario volunteers at pregnancy resource centers witness. “A young, scared 15-year-old girl showed up at the Alamosa pregnancy center, abortion-minded, looking for information and a confirmation of her pregnancy,” Crowder described to an audience of fellow senators inside the Capitol April 21. Crowder’s wife met the pregnant… Read more »

The recently published African-American Catholic Youth Bible features art, commentaries and background information to help youth better connect with Scripture.

Religion teacher wants students to open Bible, be surprised

Some youth in Felicia Charles’ Sunday school class find learning the faith boring. Others tell her they’ve never opened a Bible, she said. “Some of them are just resistant to Catholic education in general. You’re dealing with that, too,” 24-year-old Charles said of the challenges she faces with her seventh- and eighth-grade catechism class at… Read more »

Participants in the annual Special Religious Education Mass present art projects. This year's Mass will focus on Mary, Mother of the Church.

Special Religious Education Mass to honor Mary, celebrate life

All faithful are invited to the annual Archbishop’s Mass for Special Religious Education this April when families will gather to celebrate Mary, mother of the Church. Every year the Archdiocese of Denver holds the packed Mass for hundreds of families and those with special needs to nurture their faith and honor life. Father Roland Freeman,… Read more »

Relics

Relic of the True Holy Cross on display during Triduum

To aid your prayerful observance of the passion of Christ this Triduum, a relic of the True Holy Cross will be available for veneration at two Denver churches. The relic will be on display from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Holy Thursday, April 2 at Notre Dame Church, 2190 S. Sheridan Blvd., and from 3… Read more »

The Sacred Heart of Jesus image often associated with the Divine Mercy chaplet.

Cathedral Basilica to host Divine Mercy chaplet

The image of the sacred heart of Jesus will be at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception starting Holy Saturday when the church will begin a Divine Mercy novena. Leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12, faithful may attend the church to participate in the novena and pray for Christ’s mercy. The Cathedral Basilica will… Read more »

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5 patron saints for students

The traditional patronage of many saints could be extended to cover modern-day issues that students face. Here are five that we propose. 1. Patron saint of simplicity – St. Francis of Assisi With members of the millennial generation favoring minimalism and simplicity, over luxury and status, who better to emulate than St. Francis? The Italian friar and… Read more »

Father David M. Clarke, S.J.,  who served at Regis University for more than 40 years, died April 4 at Hospice House in Spokane.

Longtime Regis president was educational entrepreneur

Father David M. Clarke, S.J., former president and chancellor of Regis University, died April 4 at Hospice House in Spokane. He was 87. “The legacy of Father Clarke runs deep at Regis University,” Father John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., president, said. “His visionary leadership pioneered Regis in adult education and his passion for education was illustrated… Read more »

Chandra Starr, center, and her mother Kimberly Starr Walker, left, accept a donation of pennies from Kim Fry, right, for the eighth-grader's million penny campaign March 9.

A penny saved is a penny discerned

Kelly Fry had a tradition with her grandparents while growing up in Denver. Whenever they came to visit, they would bring her a mason jar filled with pennies. She and her grandparents would sort through them, looking for collectables such as wheat pennies, then dump them into a large piggy bank. For years, Kelly, now… Read more »

Kevin Kijewski will take over as superintendent of Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Schools July 1.

Growth, innovation top priorities for superintendent

An educator who started his career teaching at Bishop Machebeuf High School 10 years ago is making his way back to Denver to serve as superintendent of the Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Schools. Kevin Kijewski, 33, a Michigan native who taught economics, politics and history at Bishop Machebeuf from 2005-2007 will officially begin as superintendent… Read more »

St. Teresa of Avila painting by Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1612-14

Perseverance made Teresa of Avila a master of prayer

March 28 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila, who in 1970 became the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. A 16th century mystic, contemplative, writer and reformer, she founded the Discalced Carmelites, established 17 convents, wrote three spiritual classics, and is esteemed as a master… Read more »

Kara Tippetts, here with husband Jason, died March 22.

‘That last kiss, that last warm touch, that last breath’ mattered

UPDATE MARCH 27-Kara Tippett’s memorial service 1:30 p.m. March 28 will be streamed and available for viewing at www.mundanefaithfulness.com beginning at 1:15 p.m.  Kara Tippetts, a 38-year-old Colorado Springs woman who advocated against physician-assisted suicide, died March 22 after a long battle with breast cancer. “My pain is gone, my fears are calmed, I’m in the sovereignly… Read more »

Syrian Kurds Battle ISIS to retain control Of Kobani

Middle East CrISIS

What causes the chaos in the Middle East? What is ISIS? What are its intentions? News of ransacked cities, public executions, stolen artifacts and propagandist videos from the Middle East may result in a swarm of questions in the minds of Americans. Analysts say the source of much of the unrest is not a string… Read more »

St. Peter Penitent - Guido Reni, 1600

Need a Mercy Year?

During a penance service March 13 in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis called for an extraordinary jubilee “that is to have the mercy of God at its center.” The mercy jubilee—which will run from Dec. 8, 2015 through Nov. 20, 2016—is to be lived in light of Christ’s directive, “Be merciful, just as your Father… Read more »

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Tracy Murphy with her son Casey and husband James, along with her sister Sister Mary Servant of the Cross, and their brother, Andy, a seminarian.

Giving the gift of my family

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Pope Francis greets an audience in St. Peter's Square.

Killing us softly with your words

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Five ways to keep your young athlete safe