More students can catch a ride to Lourdes thanks to bigger bus

Julie Filby

Principal Rosemary Anderson helps students load into the bus after school Nov. 20.

Each school day, a bus picks students up from the parking lot of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Littleton and drives them 15 miles to their Denver school, Our Lady of Lourdes.

Until recently, the number of children that could ride the bus was limited by its capacity: 38. But now capacity has nearly doubled with the purchase of a larger bus, allowing more students to catch a ride from the southwest metro area to the Rosedale neighborhood.

“The new bus seats 71,” Principal Rosemary Anderson told the Denver Catholic Register. “Next year we hope to have it full!

“Our Lady of Lourdes is growing,” she added.

When Danny Kenny, a parishioner of St. Frances Cabrini, former bus driver for Littleton Public Schools and brand-new employee of the school, saw the need for a bigger bus, he started looking.

“It’s like the Lord sent it to me,” he said from the parking lot at Lourdes Nov. 20 as he waited for the children to get out of school. “I told my dad I was going to buy it and he said, ‘I’ve got some money,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’ll split it with you.’

“This was a steal,” he said of the $5,500 used vehicle.

Kenny has invested “a couple thousand” for repairs, and is now painting it in the school colors of green and gold.

“It’s really neat to see a Catholic school bus driving around,” Anderson said. “Danny is a rock star.”

Kenny is motivated by his love for Catholic schools.

“Catholic education is so important,” he said. “The best thing parents, and grandparents, can do is provide a Catholic education for their kids.”

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