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Appreciating the man in the collar

Priests and seminarians across the state will gather for Catholic Radio Network’s annual Priest and Seminarian Appreciation Day June 2 in Colorado Springs for a day of golf, Bocce ball and food.

The day is meant to give thanks to those who aid faithful on their way to salvation, said Karen Mandolfo, organizer of the event.

“We just love our priests. They deserve it,” Mandolfo said. “They’re our road to salvation. We have them on our hearts.”

All faithful are invited to join the clergy for the day.

In previous years Denver’s apostolic administrator Bishop James Conley and Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan, among 160 other priests and 30 seminarians, attended to play golf. Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila will be a guest this year.

The appreciation day will begin at the historic St. Paul Parish in Colorado Springs where clergy will be served lunch. Priests may choose to play in a golf tournament at The Broadmoor or stay at the parish to play Bocce ball and take a tour of sites around Colorado Springs.

“It’s a day of play for them. There’s no work required,” Mandolfo said.

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All the clergy will then return to the parish for cocktails, dinner, an award presentation and a silent auction. Priests will also receive a tailored suit as part of the appreciation day.

“It’s so much more than a golf tournament,” she said.

Catholic Radio Network has two radio stations in Colorado: KPIO-AM 1570 in Loveland and KFEL-AM 970 in Pueblo. This is the fifth year the network has organized the appreciation day.


Priest and Seminarian Appreciation Day
When: starts 11 a.m. June 2; golf tournament begins at 1 p.m.
Where: St. Paul Church, El Pomar Road, Colorado Springs
And The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs
Registration: www.golf4priests.com  or 303-523-9760
Deadline: May 28 for golf tournament


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