Joyful recipients, cheerful givers: End-of-year giving in the Archdiocese

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The end of the year is a time to celebrate with gratitude not only the first coming of our Lord and our hope for his second coming, but also the many material and spiritual graces we have received during the year. And the sign of a joyful recipient is a cheerful giver, as we desire to reciprocate our gratitude toward God by helping others in need when we realize how much we have received from him. Below is a list of all the ministries that fall directly under the umbrella of the Archdiocese of Denver. Giving to any of these organizations will make a direct impact in the charitable and evangelizing efforts of the archdiocese as it reaches out to the poor and builds up the kingdom of God.

Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal

Benefiting nearly 40 ministries, the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal is one of the best ways to support the outreach efforts of the Archdiocese of Denver. Donations from the faithful allow these ministries to focus on what they were created to do: minister to people and lead them closer to Christ. Visit archden.org/donate.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Denver is the archdiocese’s “charitable arm,” which seeks to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by helping the poor and those in need. For more information visit ccdenver.org/ways-to-give.

Annual Seminaries’ Appeal

The St. John Vianney and Redemptoris Mater Seminaries of the Archdiocese of Denver are nationally-recognized for their exceptional academic and spiritual formation. Currently, 128 seminarians would benefit from this much-needed support, which helps provide funding for academic programs, food and housing, seminarian health insurance and more. Visit sjvdenver.edu/support-sjv-today.

Seeds of Hope

Seeking to cultivate minds and hearts for Christ, Seeds of Hope strives to make Catholic education accessible to families who desire it. By providing scholarships, the organization gives families the opportunity to provide for their children a Catholic education where spiritual, mental, academic and physical formation is provided. Visit seedsofhopedenver.org/donate.

Centro San Juan Diego

A nationally-recognized organization that provides services to members of the Spanish-speaking community in the Archdiocese of Denver, Centro San Juan Diego helps form tomorrow’s Hispanic leaders. In partnership with the Office of Hispanic Ministries of the archdiocese, it hosts numerous faith-based courses and programs. Visit centrosanjuandiego.org/donate.

Bishop Machebeuf High School

Named after the first bishop of Colorado, Bishop Machebeuf High School has been recognized as a Top 50 Catholic High School by the Cardinal Newman Society in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012, based on its strength in academic excellence, civic education and Catholic identity. Visit machebeuf.org/donate.

Holy Family High School

Holy Family High School was founded in 1922 and “seeks to provide a Catholic learning environment that stresses academic excellence, fosters mutual respect, demands responsibility and encourages self-growth,” based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Visit holyfamilyhs.com/donate.

Prophet Elijah House

This new retirement center for priests is located on the St. John Paul II Center campus of the Archdiocese of Denver and is set to open in early 2019. Consider giving to this center, which will enable those priests who have dedicated their lives to the spiritual nurturing of the faithful by providing the sacraments to live in fraternal community. Visit elijahdenver.org/support-our-priests.

Annunciation Heights

Annunciation Heights is the archdiocese’s new Catholic youth and family camp and retreat center located just south of Estes Park. Displaying the beauty of God’s creation, Annunciation Heights is a place where people can “withdraw from a hectic and busy culture and come to know and experience a true friendship with Jesus.” Visit annunciationheights.org/get-involved.

Catholic Biblical School

The Biblical and Catechetical Schools under the Lay Division of St. John Vianney Seminary are helping form a new generation of missionary disciples in Denver. Through the St. John Paul II Scholarship Fund, the Lay Division grants around $150,000 yearly in scholarships to nearly half of its student population. Visit sjvlaydivision.org/donate.

COMING UP: Five Hispanic-American saints perhaps you didn’t know

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The American continent has had its share of saints in the last five centuries. People will find St. Juan Diego, St. Rose of Lima or St. Martin de Porres among the saints who enjoy greater popular devotion. Yet September, named Hispanic Heritage Month, invites a deeper reflection on the lives of lesser-known saints who have deeply impacted different Latin-American countries through their Catholic faith and work, and whose example has the power to impact people anywhere around the world. Here are just a few perhaps you didn’t know.

St. Toribio de Mogrovejo
1538-1606
Peru

Born in Valladolid, Spain, Toribio was a pious young man and an outstanding law student. As a professor, his great reputation reached the ears of King Philip II, who eventually nominated him for the vacant Archdiocese of Lima, Peru, even though Toribio was not even a priest. The Pope accepted the king’s request despite the future saint’s protests. So, before the formal announcement, he was ordained a priest, and a few months later, a bishop. He walked across his archdiocese evangelizing the natives and is said to have baptized nearly half a million people, including St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin de Porres. He learned the local dialects, produced a trilingual catechism, fought for the rights of the natives, and made evangelization a major theme of his episcopacy. Moreover, he worked devotedly for an archdiocesan reform after realizing that diocesan priests were involved in impurities and scandals. He predicted the date and hour of his death and is buried in the cathedral of Lima, Peru.

St. Mariana of Jesus Paredes
1618-1645
Ecuador

St. Mariana was born in Quito, modern-day Ecuador, and not only became the country’s first saint, but was also declared a national heroine by the Republic of Ecuador. As a little girl, Mariana showed a profound love for God and practiced long hours of prayer and mortification. She tried joining a religious order on two occasions, but various circumstances would not permit it. This led Mariana to realize that God was calling her to holiness in the world. She built a room next to her sister’s house and devoted herself to prayer and penance, living miraculously only off the Eucharist. She was known to possess the gifts of counsel and prophecy. In 1645, earthquakes and epidemics broke out in Quito, and she offered her life and sufferings for their end. They stopped after she made her offering. On the day of her death, a lily is said to have bloomed from the blood that was drawn out and poured in a flowerpot, earning her the title of “The Lily of Quito.”

St. Theresa of Los Andes
1900-1920
Chile

St. Theresa of Jesus of Los Andes was Chile’s first saint and the first Discalced Carmelite to be canonized outside of Europe. Born as Juana, the future saint was known to struggle with her temperament as a child. She was proud, selfish and stubborn. She became deeply attracted to God at the age six, and her extraordinary intelligence allowed her to understand the seriousness of receiving First Communion. Juana changed her life and became a completely different person by the age of 10, practicing mortification and deep prayer. At age 14, she decided to become a Discalced Carmelite and received the name of Theresa of Jesus. Deeply in love with Christ, the young and humble religious told her confessor that Jesus told her she would die soon, something she accepted with joy and faith. Shortly thereafter, Theresa contracted typhus and died at the age of 19. Although she was 6 months short of finishing her novitiate, she was able to profess vows “in danger of death.” Around 100,000 pilgrims visit her shrine in Los Andes annually.

St. Laura Montoya
1874-1949
Colombia

After Laura’s father died in war when she was only a child, she was forced to live with different family members in a state of poverty. This reality kept her from receiving formal education during her childhood. What no one expected is that one day she would become Colombia’s first saint. Her aunt enrolled her in a school at the age of 16, so she would become a teacher and make a living for herself. She learned quickly and became a great writer, educator and leader. She was a pious woman and wished to devote herself to the evangelization of the natives. As she prepared to write Pope Pius X for help, she received the pope’s new Encyclical Lacrymabili Statu, on the deplorable condition of Indians in America. Laura saw it as a confirmation from God and founded the Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart and St. Catherine of Siena, working for the evangelization of natives and fighting or their behalf to be seen as children of God.

St. Manuel Morales
1898-1926
Mexico

Manuel was a layman and one of many martyrs from Mexico’s Cristero War in the 1920s. He joined the seminary as a teen but had to abandon this dream in order to support his family financially. He became a baker, married and had three children. This change, however, did not prevent him from bearing witness to the faith publicly. He became the president of the National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty, which was being threatened by the administration of President Plutarco Elías Calles. Morales and two other leaders from the organization were taken prisoners as they discussed how to free a friend priest from imprisonment through legal means. They were beaten, tortured and then killed for not renouncing to their faith. Before the firing squad, the priest begged the soldiers to forgive Morales because he had a family. Morales responded, “I am dying for God, and God will take care of my children.” His last words were, “Long live Christ the King and Our Lady of Guadalupe!”