Denver Catholic website gets a modern facelift

Sometimes a new outlook is cause for a new look, too.

In order to spread the good news of the Gospel and message of the Church in an increasingly digital world, the Denver Catholic has been working hard. We want to not only provide a quality publication, but to also widen our reach using the latest technology available.

Over the past year, the Denver Catholic has launched a full-fledged campaign encouraging our readers to subscribe to our online newsletter. We’ve also been trying to draw more readers to our website, which features all the content included in the print edition of the paper, plus more. To show how serious we are about it, we’ve completely redesigned our logo and website from the ground up and given them a sleek, 21st century overhaul. The new Denver Catholic website is live, and we really would love for you to check out its exciting new features.

The new Denver Catholic website was modeled after The New York Times and other publications that are at the forefront of digital news.

The new Denver Catholic website was modeled after The New York Times and other publications that are at the forefront of digital news.

The most noticeable difference is the look and feel of the site. We scoured the web for the different websites that we consider to be at the forefront of digital news, including the New York Times and Washington Post, and tried to model the new design accordingly. The minimalistic feel of the site makes it quite comfortable for users to explore, if we do say so ourselves.

The utmost care and deliberation went into designing the new logo. The location pin is symbolic of the Denver Catholic working to bring news to people where they are, no matter their location, while the white cross in the center of the location pin signifies Christ’s presence in all that we do. He is the center of our ministry, and we work to serve him, his Church and his people.

The new Denver Catholic website is meant to be user friendly for the whole Denver Catholic community. It’s simple to navigate and not overly complicated. The “Advertise” button at the top of the page makes it easy for ad clients to utilize our website. On that same note, the ads are less intrusive, making the content easier to access. We really think we’ve struck a great balance between usability and functionality.

Users can also expect a flurry of exciting new content to populate the pages of our new site. From infographics to videos, the new Denver Catholic shows our commitment to providing dynamic and exciting content to our readers. We hope to provide an engaging experience that goes far beyond skimming the pages of the newspaper on Sunday morning.

The new website is but the beginning of an exciting new era for the Denver Catholic. The Lord has truly blessed us in these 116 years, and we are honored to be given the opportunity to continually serve you, our readers. We hope you enjoy the new Denver Catholic.

COMING UP: Team Samaritan cyclist goes ‘Everesting’ for the homeless and hungry

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When it comes to the daily sufferings of those who are homeless, there’s nothing like a 29,029-foot bike ride to keep things in perspective.

That’s exactly what Corbin Clement will be doing this Saturday, June 19, with a couple of his riding buddies as they attempt an “Everesting” ride to raise money for the Samaritan House homeless shelter in Denver. Starting at Witter Gulch Road in Evergreen, the three riders will climb Squaw Pass Road to a point in Clear Creek County and ride back down the hill for over eight laps, which amounts to roughly 190 miles in distance and the equivalent of the elevation of Mt. Everest in terms of vertical climbing – hence the name “Everesting.” Their goal is to complete the feat in 20 hours or less.

Oh, and they can’t sleep. It is, indeed, just as crazy as it sounds. Those who aren’t avid cyclists might be wondering, “How in the world do you train for something like this?” 
“For training, it’s been just more or less ride as much as possible,” Clement told the Denver Catholic. “The training is structured around endurance, and that’s of course what Everesting is. It’s just a lot of peddling. So, a lot of my training so far has just been trying to ride as much as possible and ride longer high elevation rides.” 

In March, an Irish cyclist set the world record for Everesting when he completed the feat in six hours and 40 minutes. Clement isn’t trying to set a record, but regardless, it’s quite a feat to undertake, even for a seasoned athlete like him, whose pedigree includes snowboarding and rock climbing. 

“Our ride will be the same thing, but it’ll be pretty different,” Clement said. “We don’t have any sort of special bikes or super focused diet or a really regimented plan or a crew that’s very well-instructed on how we’re going to tackle this. I’ve read a couple of things to just kind of make it into a party — have friends come out to support you, get people to join you on certain laps…that’s kind of the approach we’re taking.” 

Clement has already raised $5,200 for Samaritan House, with a current goal of $8,000. This is Clement’s first year riding for Team Samaritan, but his dad, Kevin, has ridden for the team for several years. When his dad offered to give him an extra kit and uniform, Clement accepted, but didn’t want to take it without doing something help the cause. He could’ve simply opted for a nice ride in the countryside, but he chose to do something a bit more challenging.  

Corbin Clement used to experience the challenges that homeless people face on a daily basis when commuting through downtown Denver to work on his bike. This Saturday, he will raise money for Samaritan House homeless shelter by “Everesting,” a 190-mile bike ride that is the equivalent of the elevation of Mt. Everest in terms of vertical climbing. (Photo provided)

“For some reason, the Everesting idea popped into my head,” he explained. “I think it’s one of those things that has a little bit of shock value for people who hear about it. It’s certainly something that’s gained more popularity and visibility in the last couple of years with endurance athletes. I wanted to choose something that would actually be a challenge for myself and something that I’d have to work towards.” 

Clement currently resides in Utah, but he used to live in Denver and commute by bike to work every day. During those rides to his office, which was located near Samaritan House, he would pass many homeless people and have conversations with them. This experience was also a motivating factor for his Everesting attempt for Team Samaritan. 

“It’s very different when you’re on a bike versus in a car because you’re right there,” Clement said. “If you stop at a stoplight and a homeless person is on the corner, whether or not they’re panhandling or something like that, you hear the conversations, or you’ll have a conversation with them. There are things you smell or you hear or you see that you just never would if you were in a car. So, it kind of made sense, too, with the biking aspect. It’s part of my community that I’ve lived and worked in for a very long time.” 

Clement’s Everesting attempt is one event in a series of endurance event’s he’s doing over the summer that culminates with the Leadville 100, a single-day mountain bike race across the Colorado Rockies. In that race, he will be riding to support young adults diagnosed with cancer by raising funds for First Descents.  

Both causes are near to Clement’s heart, and he said that while his Everesting attempt will be a form of “suffering,” it pales in comparison to what the homeless face day in and day out. This is ultimately why he’s riding and raising funds for Team Samaritan. 

“Any time we see a homeless person or people who have to live on the streets,” Clement said, “That is true suffering — true endurance — with no end in sight.” 

To learn more about Corbin’s fundraising efforts or to donate, click here.