New angels stationed at Little Sisters’ Mullen Home (UPDATED with photo gallery)

Julie Filby

The Little Sisters of the Poor have installed a unique set of Stations of the Cross on the grounds of their Mullen Home for the Aged at 29th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard in northwest Denver.

“Many of our homes have Stations outside,” explained Mother Patricia Mary, L.S.P. “The thing that’s striking about these Stations is there is an angel in each.” {Story continues below}

The bronze Stations inlaid in light-colored brick were created by contemporary liturgical sculptor Lynn Kircher. Kircher crafts sculptures for churches nationwide, including several in the Archdiocese of Denver, and lives in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado.

“As Lynn said, ‘Angels don’t come into our lives and leave,’” Mother Patricia Mary relayed, “’but remain with us throughout it.’”

About 40 people gathered under blue skies—including residents, sisters, supporters and Kircher—on the afternoon of June 6 as the Stations were dedicated by Archbishop Samuel Aquila. The group traveled from station to station as the archbishop led them in prayer.

“Almighty everlasting God, who do not forbid us to carve or paint likenesses of your saints, in order that whenever we look at them with our bodily eyes, we may call to mind their holy lives,” Archbishop Aquila prayed. “And resolve to follow in their footsteps.”

Since the Stations were installed along a walkway in the side yard last year, residents and others praying them have been moved by the love and compassion of the Lord’s gift revealed in the sculptures, Mother Patricia Mary said. Each Station was sponsored by a donor family, many of whom attended the dedication, including a family that traveled from Chicago.

“On behalf of the residents and all at Mullen Home, we extend a heartfelt thank you to the many people who generously support this beautiful memorial of the Lord’s Passion,” Mother Patricia Mary said.

The Stations are available for Mullen Home residents and all who would like to come and meditate on the Lord’s Pasion, she said. Mullen Home for the Aged is located at 3629 W. 29th Ave.

COMING UP: Love St. Thérèse? Here are 3 events for her feast around the Archdiocese

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St. Thérèse of Lisieux is, according to Pope Pius X, “the greatest saint of modern times” — so much so that St. John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church, the youngest so far.

If you love her, there are a few events around the Archdiocese of Denver where you can celebrate her feast day, which is Oct. 1.

“Rose Petal Evening” with Community of the Beatitudes
Celebrate the feast of St. Thérèse with an evening of praising the Lord with poems and songs from the saint and asking her intercession. Bring a rose and a self-addressed and stamped envelope (optional).
Sept. 29: St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5: St. Frances Cabrini Parish, 7 p.m.

Feast Day Celebration with St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Mass to celebrate the feast of St. Thérèse will be held at the Carmelite Monastary. Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Nicholas Larkin with a blessing and distribution of roses.
Oct. 3: Carmelite Monastary, 6138 S Gallup St., 80120
Cost: Free

FOCUS Presents: “An Evening with Thérèse”
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students at CU Boulder present a unique fundraiser. Keynote speaker is Bishop Jorge Rodriguez. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and delectable dinner.
Oct. 6: Sacred Heart of Mary Church, 6739 S. Boulder Rd.
Cost: Individual ticket if before Sept. 18, discounts available online.
Contact: Janet Driscoll, 303-898-8865 or jmdriscoll7@comcast.net.