Haven’t signed to get the late-term abortion ban on the ballot? Now’s your chance

Aaron Lambert

If you haven’t had a chance to sign the petition to get Initiative 120 on the ballot this year, the deadline to sign is this weekend!

Initiative 120 is a ballot initiative that seeks to prohibit abortions after 22 weeks through birth, with the only exception being if the mother’s life is at risk.

See below for a full list of locations throughout Colorado to sign petitions for Initiative 120. This list will be updated, but visit duedatetoolate.com/events for the most up-to-date list.

Thursday, 2/27

Windsor – Signing at Guardian Storage
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
760 E. Garden Dr, Windsor 80550

Monument – Signing Event
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Wesley Owens Coffee (no affiliation)
1744 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument 80132
Text Krista 618-615-3907

Friday, 2/28

Monument – Signing Event
7:00 -10:00 AM
Wesley Owens Coffee (no affiliation)
1744 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument 80132
Text Krista 618-615-3907

Saturday, 2/29

Denver – Signing | Collection Event
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Catholic Charities Office
4704 N. Harlan St, Denver 80212 Suite 550

Monument – Signing Event
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
King Soopers – Monument south parking lot
1070 W Baptist Rd, Monument 80921
Text Krista 618-615-3907

Monument – Signing Event 2
7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wesley Owens Coffee (no affiliation)
1744 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument 80132
Text Krista 618-615-3907

Greeley – Signing Event
After the 4:00 PM Mass
(Masses last approx 1 hr – join us!)
St. Peter Catholic Church
915 12th Street, Greeley 80631
Contact Jackie 970-518-9573

Sunday, 3/1

Denver – Washington Park Signing Opportunity
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
At the Special Olympics Polar Plunge (no affiliation)
Enter park at Franklin and Mississippi
Contact Luke 720-470-2649

Greeley – Signing Event
After the 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, 11:30 AM and 6:00 PM Masses
(Masses last approx 1 hr – join us!)
St. Peter Catholic Church
915 12th Street, Greeley 80631
Contact Jackie 970-518-9573

Greeley – Signing Event
1:30 – 4:30 PM
Centerplace Shopping Center east of the bank
Enter off 47th
4578 Centerplace Dr, Greeley 80634
Contact Jackie 970-518-9573

Other Opportunities to Sign

Lakewood – Colorado Christian University
Centennial Institute Office
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM through 2/28
8787 W. Alameda Ave, Lakewood 80226
In the Beckman Center – Map Here

Aurora – Iglesia Rey de Reyes Church
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturdays 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
380 S Potomac Street #110 Aurora, 80012
Through March 2nd

Boulder – Boulder County GOP Office
Weekdays (M-F) 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
619 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont 80501
Through March 2nd

Grand Junction – The Pregnancy Center
M, W, F 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, T, TH 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
930 Main Street, Grand Junction 81501
970-241-7474

Woodland Park – Charis Bible College
Weekdays (M-F) 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
800 Gospel Truth Way, Woodland Park 80863
719-635-6029

Pueblo – A Caring Pregnancy Center
Weekdays (M-Th) 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
500 Colorado Ave, Pueblo 81004
Call First: 719-544-9312

Julesburg – Benson Ag Land Realty
Weekdays (M-F) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
200 W 4th Street, Julesburg 80737
Call First: 970-474-2000

All Souls

Annunciation

Augustine Institute

Blessed Sacrament

Christ the King

Holy Ghost

Holy Trinity

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Light of the World

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Loreto

Our Lady of Lourdes

Pax Christi

Queen of Peace

Risen Christ

St. Augustine

St. Joan of Arc

St. John Vianney Seminary

St. Louis

St. Mary

St. Peter

St. Thomas More

(This list is updated as parishes are added. Send email to gro.revnedcc@efil if interested in launching a petition signature drive to help get Initiative 120 on the Colorado ballot in 2020.)

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Last November 11, on the centenary of its relocation to a 93-acre campus in suburban Washington, D.C., Georgetown Preparatory School announced a $60 million capital campaign. In his message for the opening of the campaign, Georgetown Prep’s president, Father James Van Dyke, SJ, said that, in addition to improving the school’s residential facilities, the campaign intended to boost Prep’s endowment to meet increasing demands for financial aid. Like other high-end Catholic secondary schools, Georgetown Prep is rightly concerned about pricing itself out of reach of most families. So Prep’s determination to make itself more affordable through an enhanced endowment capable of funding scholarships and other forms of financial aid for less-than-wealthy students is all to the good.

What I find disturbing about the campaign is its “branding” slogan. I first became aware of it when, driving past the campus a few months ago, I noticed a billboard at the corner of Rockville Pike and Tuckerman Lane. In large, bold letters, it proclaimed, “FOR THE GREATER GLORY.” And I wondered, “…of what?” Then one day, when traffic allowed, I slowed down and espied the much smaller inscription in the bottom right corner: “Georgetown Prep’s Legacy Campaign.”

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam [For the greater glory of God], often reduced to the abbreviation, AMDG, was the Latin motto of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Georgetown Prep is a Jesuit school. So what happened to the D-word? What happened to God? Why did AMDG become AM[D]G while being translated into fundraising English?

I made inquiries of Jesuit friends and learned that amputating the “D” in AMDG is not unique to Georgetown Prep; it’s a tactic used by other Jesuit institutions engaged in the heavy-lift fundraising of capital campaigns. That was not good news. Nor was I reassured by pondering Father Van Dyke’s campaign-opening message, in which the words “Jesus Christ” did not appear. Neither did Pope Francis’s call for the Church’s institutions to prepare missionary disciples as part of what the Pope has called a “Church permanently in mission.” And neither did the word “God,” save for a closing “Thanks, and God bless.”

Father Van Dyke did mention that “Ignatian values” were one of the “pillars” of Georgetown prep’s “reputation for excellence.” And he did conclude his message with a call for “men who will make a difference in a world that badly needs people who care, people who, in the words Ignatius wrote his best friend Francis Xavier as he sent him on the Society of Jesus’s first mission, will ‘set the world on fire’.” Fine. But ignition to what end?

Ignatius sent Francis Xavier to the Indies and on to East Asia to set the world on fire with love of the Lord Jesus Christ, by evangelizing those then known as “heathens” with the warmth of the Gospel and the enlivening flame of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic faith. St. Ignatius was a New Evangelization man half a millennium before Pope St. John Paul II used the term. St. Ignatius’s chief “Ignatian value” was gloria Dei, the glory of God.

Forming young men into spiritually incandescent, intellectually formidable and courageous Christian disciples, radically conformed to Jesus Christ and just as deeply committed to converting the world, was the originating purpose of Jesuit schools in post-Reformation Europe. Those schools were not content to prepare generic “men for others;” they were passionately devoted to forming Catholic men for converting others, the “others” being those who had abandoned Catholicism for Protestantism or secular rationalism. That was why the Jesuits were hated and feared by powerful leaders with other agendas, be they Protestant monarchs like Elizabeth I of England or rationalist politicians like Portugal’s 18th-century prime minister, the Marquis of Pombal.

Religious education in U.S. Catholic elementary schools has been improved in recent decades. And we live in something of a golden age of Catholic campus ministry at American colleges and universities. It’s Catholic secondary education in the U.S. that remains to be thoroughly reformed so that Catholic high schools prepare future leaders of the New Evangelization: leaders who will bring others to Christ, heal a deeply wounded culture, and become agents of a sane politics. Jesuit secondary education, beginning with prominent and academically excellent schools like Georgetown Prep, could and should be at the forefront of that reform.

Jesuit secondary education is unlikely to provide that leadership, however, if its self-presentation brackets God and announces itself as committed to “the greater glory” of…whatever.