Denver priest, FOCUS chaplain interviewed by America magazine

Julie Filby

Priest of the Archdiocese of Denver and national chaplain for Denver-based FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), Father John Lager, O.F.M. Cap., was interviewed by America magazine this week about his work with FOCUS and how the Catholic campus ministry is growing.

“There are presently about 15,000 college students involved in our program on the college campus, of which over 11,000 are involved on nearly a weekly basis,” Father Lager told interviewer Sean Salai, S.J. “Many of these students were among the 9,500 people who attended our five-day SEEK conference in early January. These are students who are growing deeper in their faith, learning to live a life of prayer, and growing in the virtues.

“By 2022, FOCUS anticipates graduating 75,000 alumni, who will then enter into parish life,” he added.

Read the full article “The New Evangelization of FOCUS: Q&A with Father John Lager, O.F.M. Cap.” from America’s “In All Things” group blog here.

COMING UP: Late St. Joseph deacon ‘reached out into the peripheries’ during ministry

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Deacon Maclovio (Max) Sanchez, 87, passed away peacefully in Olathe, Kansas on April 30. Deacon Sanchez was assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish in Denver throughout his diaconal ministry.

Maclovio Sanchez was born on May 21, 1931 in San Luis, Colorado, to Estevan and Emily Sanchez. He was baptized at Most Precious Blood Parish in San Luis, Colorado, on June 2, 1931 and grew up in Walsenberg, Colorado.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Wasenberg.

On April 24, 1954, he married Mary Frances Marquez at Holy Rosary Parish in Denver.  Over the 65 years of their marriage, the couple was blessed with three children: Martin, Debra and Joshua. They also had numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In Denver, Max worked for Midwest Liquor Company, delivering products to the area stores. But his love was directed towards the poor communities in the metro area.  Max was vice chairman of the Coalition for the Westside Betterment and President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank. He and his wife were also very involved in the parish at St. Joseph’s.

On March 22, 1975, Maclovio was ordained a deacon at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception by Archbishop James Casey. This was only the second class of men ordained in the archdiocese at the time. He was immediately assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish where he also conducted numerous Spanish Missions and served at the Westside Action Center. Retiring from ministry in 1993, he continued to serve at St. Joseph’s Parish as long as his health would allow.

“Deacon Max reached out into the peripheries and brought the lost back into the Church,” said Deacon Joseph Donohoe, Director of Deacon Personnel. “We have been blessed to have such a dedicated Cleric and Servant of the Church in Denver.”