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Archbishop celebrates Mass, shakes hands with prisoners

Archbishop Samuel Aquila visited prisoners confined at Jefferson County Detention Facility in Golden this week—the first time since becoming archbishop in Denver.

“Every guy was so excited to see the archbishop,” said Father Scott Bailey, secretary to the archbishop. “It meant a lot for the guys.”

About 23 inmates, who are a part of the RCIA program at the county jail, attended the Mass June 17. The archbishop distributed communion and blessings to the inmates. He also shook hands with each one and answered their questions during a Q-and-A session.

After the Mass, Archbishop Aquila toured a part of the jail with Father Dennis Garrou, parochial vicar at Christ the King Church in Evergreen, who oversees the Catholic prison ministry at the Jefferson jail.




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