Deacon of 31 years dies

Denver Catholic Staff

Deacon Jack Sutton, a deacon of 31 years in the Archdiocese of Denver, passed away Oct. 17. He was 82 years old. He last ministered at St. Mary Catholic Church in Littleton.

Jack Sutton came into this world on March 6, 1936 to Cecil and Helen Sutton in Peoria, Ill.  As a convert to Catholicism, Sutton was confirmed at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Palo Alto, California on April 17, 1967.

On December 17, 1967, Sutton married Kathleen Braun at St. Xavier Catholic Church in San Francisco, Calif. Jack and Kathleen raised two sons, David and John.   His family also includes four grandchildren.

He spent three and a half years in the United States Air Force. Completing his obligation to his country, he took a position as a Sales Manager for Franklin Carpets in Denver.  After spending almost three years at Franklin, he was a manager and part owner of a startup company called Contract Design Services.  Then, in 1985, he started his own small business in Englewood, called Contract Interiors, that he successfully developed until he retired due to his health.

Deacon Sutton was ordained a deacon May 9, 1987 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception by Archbishop Francis Stafford and was assigned to All Souls Church for three years.  In his 31 years as a deacon, he had assignments at Blessed Sacrament, Holy Name, Sacred Heart, Christ the King and St. Mary’s parishes. He was also assigned to the Cathedral. Deacon Sutton was very active with additional ministerial assignments as well.

“Deacon Jack was concerned with doing the Lord’s work as a Servant of Jesus Christ,” said Deacon Joseph Donohoe, Director of Deacon Personnel for the archdiocese. “Many deacons learned from him the characteristics of a deacon by his instructions and his example.  The people he has blessed with his life is beyond counting.  He will be missed by his brother deacons.”

COMING UP: Archdiocese of Denver’s news publications honored with 15 Catholic Press Awards

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Coverage of the More Than You Realize conference and reporting on social justice issues were among the 15 honors the Catholic Press Association awarded the Denver Catholic and El Pueblo Catolico at the recent Catholic media conference in Florida, June 18-21.

Bishop Jorge Rodriguez was also awarded first place for a regular column by a bishop or archbishop in a Spanish publication.

The Denver Catholic received seven awards, including first place best news writing on a local or regional event for the staff’s collaborative coverage of the MTYR conference June 11, 2018, at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.

El Pueblo Catolico received eight awards, including first place for reporting on social justice issues for a story on preventing suicide, and second place for in-depth analysis for a story on the debates surrounding “caravans” of immigrants coming to the United States.

Staff writer Vladimir Mauricio-Pérez, who was recently named the new editor of El Pueblo Catolico, took home four awards – two for articles in the Denver Catholic and two for articles in El Pueblo. For the Denver Catholic, he received a second-place editorial award for a story on the Facebook privacy scandal, and an honorable mention award for a feature story on Blind Faith Brewing.

The publications were also honored with awards for layout, design, interviews and reports.

“I want to congratulate the staff of the Denver Catholic and El Pueblo Catolico for their accomplishments over the past year and the much-deserved recognition they’ve received for their incredible talents,” said Aaron Lambert, Managing Editor. “More importantly, I am thankful for each of their witnesses to Jesus Christ, without whom we would not be able to carry out this mission we’ve been entrusted with. Last but not least, I want to thank the faithful of the Archdiocese of Denver for their support, encouragement, comments and feedback, and most of all, for allowing us to tell your stories.”

Denver Catholic

1st Place – Best News Writing on a Local or Regional Event – “Be Not Afraid”

2nd Place – Best Editorial on a National or International Issue – “Facebook privacy scandal a wake-up call for Catholics” (Vladimir Mauricio-Perez)

2nd Place – Best Annual Report

2nd Place – Most Effective Use of Small Space – Bethlehem Handicrafts (Simona Fava, Kim Grace)

3rd Place – Best Print Circulation Promotion Campaign – Julia Greeley Anniversary Mass (Simona Fava)

Honorable Mention – Beat Feature Writing – “Blind Faith Brewing: the new Catholic taproom in town” (Vladimir Mauricio-Perez)

Honorable Mention – Best Layout of Article or Column – “From the Passover Seder to the Eucharist” (Vladimir Mauricio-Perez, Simona Fava)

El Pueblo Catolico

1st Place – Best Reporting on Social Justice Issues – “El suicidio es prevenible, pongamos manos a la obra” (Mavi Barraza)

1st Place – Best Regular Column by a Bishop or Archbishop – “Joven, Cristo te necesita” (Bishop Jorge Rodriguez)

2nd Place – Best In-Depth Analysis – “Mas allá del debate político la ‘caravana’ son nuestros hermanos” (Vladimir Mauricio-Pérez)

2nd Place – Best Coverage – ‘”Bautiza a tu hijo’ Insistió su amiga. Hoy él es sacerdote.” (Carmen Elena Villa)

3rd Place – Best Reporting – “Propuesta de matrimonio en una obra de teatro” (Carmen Elana Villa)

Honorable Mention – Best Interview – “Monseñor Romero me enseñó que vale la pena sacrificarse por el Señor” (Caren Elena Villa)

Honorable Mention – Best Personality Profile – “Maria Antonia: madre que siempre supo decir sí a Dios”(Vladimir Mauricio-Pérez)

Honorable Mention – Best Cover Magazine or Newspaper – El Pueblo Catolico (Simona Fava)