The Denver Catholic Catechetical and Biblical schools will welcome a new director, Nicholas Lebish, in August.Local

Biblical and Catechetical schools to welcome new director

The Denver Catholic Catechetical and Biblical schools will say farewell to its director of six years and welcome a new leader in August. Ben Akers, director of the two schools overseen by St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, will leave his position in July. But he won’t be going far. Akers is currently working on his… Read more »

Dr. Mary Gatter, a senior official at Planned Parenthood, talks about the sale of baby parts in an undercover video. Congress announced an investigation after the videos and others were released.World & Nation

Planned Parenthood sets price for aborted baby organs

An undercover video released July 21 allegedly shows a senior official at Planned Parenthood flippantly discussing monetary compensation for aborted baby organs, and the alteration of abortion procedures to ensure that the organs are intact. “It’s been years since I talked about compensation, so let me just figure out what others [Planned Parenthood affiliates] are… Read more »

Pope Francis arrives in Ecuador from Rome, Italy during his trip to South America.World & Nation

Pope Francis visits ‘young Church’ with great wealth

In July, Pope Francis made an apostolic visit to Latin America, visiting Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in nine days. Below we are publishing highlights of the pope’s homilies and addresses, in which he speaks on the family, his own sinfulness, and the constant presence of Mary in our lives. Ecuador: “Family is the nearest hospital”… Read more »

The Denver Catholic Catechetical and Biblical schools will welcome a new director, Nicholas Lebish, in August.

Biblical and Catechetical schools to welcome new director

The Denver Catholic Catechetical and Biblical schools will say farewell to its director of six years and welcome a new leader in August. Ben Akers, director of the two schools overseen by St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, will leave his position in July. But he won’t be going far. Akers is currently working on his… Read more »

Young man cross the street

Column: The arrogance of pedestrians-How we abuse our authority

In the past couple of weeks I have been overly annoyed by pedestrians. In a variety of specific incidences, a slow moving, carefree pedestrian has delayed my ability, along with many other cars, to make a turn. My annoyance has been mainly in areas where there is not a turn arrow and lights tend to be… Read more »

Kenn and Laura Cramer will leave their lives and careers behind in Denver to run four churches on a Native American reservation in Montana.

Desire for radical Christian life leads couple to ministry on reservation

In helping his clients figure out their lives, psychotherapist Kenn Cramer, 36, was figuring out his own. Cramer, founder of St. Raphael Counseling in Denver, which combines psychotherapy with the truths of the Catholic faith, recently made a major life decision that will satisfy a longing to live a more radical lifestyle for Christ. In… Read more »

The Little Sisters of the Poor in Denver say they are praying about their case against the contraceptive mandate after a court ruled that the nuns are not exempt.

Update: Little Sisters wait and pray

The Little Sisters of the Poor are waiting, and praying. “I’m not sure what we’re going to do next,” said Mother Patricia Mary Metzgar, L.S.P., who oversees the Little Sisters’ Mullen Home for the Aged in Denver. In a decision July 14, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the sisters’ claim that complying… Read more »

Father Joseph Meznar

Priest spent ministry serving Holy Rosary

Father Joseph Meznar once wrote he wanted to be a priest so he could see Christ. While attending Holy Thursday Mass at Holy Rosary Parish with his mother when 5 years old, the young Meznar asked her what the priests saw when they looked toward the altar. His mother, Mary Rose, said, “Jesus.” “At that… Read more »

Archbishop Samuel Aquila will ordain 11 men to the permanent diaconate June 20.

11 men prepare for diaconate ordination

After years of study and guidance from the Holy Spirit, 11 men will be ordained into the permanent diaconate June 20. Archbishop Samuel Aquila will ordain the men during a 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver. Those to be ordained deacons are: August Leonard Cordova, Michael John… Read more »

Father John Hilton rides through the Rocky Mountains. He is completing a 6-week trip cross country to raise money for St. Mary Parish in Aspen and encourage participation in the new evangelization.

Pedaling priest treks cross country for Christ

UPDATED: After a prayer and warm send-off from locals, Father John Hilton dipped his bicycle tire in the Pacific Ocean and embarked on a 3,500-mile bike ride across America. Father Hilton, called the “pedaling priest” in some circles, began his journey across the northern states—from Anacortes, Wash., to Bar Harbor, Maine—June 2 to raise awareness… Read more »

Five newly-ordained priests pray before the congregation during Mass May 16 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Photo by Daniel Petty/Denver Catholic

PHOTO GALLERY: Priests urged to configure heart to Christ

Before five of Denver’s new priests lay prostrate before the altar of Christ, Archbishop Samuel Aquila reminded them the priesthood is a gift. “It is not something you merit, it is not something that you work for, but rather it is a gift that is bestowed upon you,” Archbishop Aquila told the five seminarians during… Read more »

A young student works at her desk.

Spend $2, help a deserving student succeed

While shopping for school supplies, Catholic Charities suggests parents toss a few more items into the cart to help a less fortunate student. An added pack of pencils for $2.75, a Hello Kitty backpack for $5 or a notebook for $2 can greatly support children in area schools experiencing homelessness or poverty. Catholic Charities is… Read more »

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PHOTO GALLERY: Broadening horizons

Students at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Wheat Ridge celebrated Culture Day May 8 by learning about the culture and traditions of Australia, South America, Africa, India, Japan and Russia through song, dance, games and food. The intent is to expose students to the various cultures of the world for a better understanding and… Read more »

Sister Elizabeth Youngs, SCL, sits in her office with going-away gifts from students and faculty at area schools.

Sister Youngs’ final assignment: listen to God

Sister Elizabeth Youngs’ parting words for Denver’s faithful are, “Listen to God and be quiet, and be open to what God is calling (you) to do.” Especially for women considering a religious vocation, Sister Youngs of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, urged intentionally spending time with God. Before her departure from a 14-year term… 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 »

Dr. Mary Gatter, a senior official at Planned Parenthood, talks about the sale of baby parts in an undercover video. Congress announced an investigation after the videos and others were released.

Planned Parenthood sets price for aborted baby organs

An undercover video released July 21 allegedly shows a senior official at Planned Parenthood flippantly discussing monetary compensation for aborted baby organs, and the alteration of abortion procedures to ensure that the organs are intact. “It’s been years since I talked about compensation, so let me just figure out what others [Planned Parenthood affiliates] are… Read more »

Pope Francis arrives in Ecuador from Rome, Italy during his trip to South America.

Pope Francis visits ‘young Church’ with great wealth

In July, Pope Francis made an apostolic visit to Latin America, visiting Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in nine days. Below we are publishing highlights of the pope’s homilies and addresses, in which he speaks on the family, his own sinfulness, and the constant presence of Mary in our lives. Ecuador: “Family is the nearest hospital”… Read more »

AT EVERY TIME AND IN EVERY PLACE

Believers embrace #MissionofJoy

Social media users responded enthusiastically to the #MissionofJoy campaign, on the same day as the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex unions. Author Sherry Weddell said the most important aspect of the campaign—and for Christians in general—is to remember hope. “God is still here. We are not helpless,” Weddell said. The #MissionofJoy campaign is a… Read more »

Pope Francis waves to the crowds before celebrating Mass at Bicentennial Park in Ecuador July 7 during his trip to South America.

Pope: Evangelizing isn’t about big talk—it’s about joy

In his second homily while visiting Ecuador, Pope Francis spoke on Tuesday of the importance of fostering unity through evangelization, which he said is not done by preaching at people, but rather by being a joyful witness to the Gospel we have received. “We evangelize not with grand words, or complicated concepts, but with the… Read more »