Julia Greeley’s cause off to the Vatican

Moira Cullings

On August 10, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila presided over the solemn closing session of the diocesan inquiry of the cause of beatification and canonization of the Servant of God Julia Greeley.

Mass was celebrated at Christ the King Chapel in the St. John Vianney Seminary, followed by the closing session.

Since the Diocesan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Denver began the investigation on December 18, 2016, 25 witnesses were interviewed to give their testimonies and thousands of pages of documents were gathered.

During the closing session, the documents were sealed in the presence of the Diocesan Tribunal presided by Archbishop Aquila.

These documents were hand-bound in 36 volumes with ribbons and sealed with a wax seal.

In total, David Uebbing, Vice Postulator of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, will be taking 11,750 pages of documents to Rome next month.

These documents were hand-bound in 36 volumes with ribbons and sealed with a wax seal. They were then placed inside larger boxes tied with ribbon and sealed with a wax seal, which bears the stamp of the Missio Pastoralis Postulation Office.

“When the Vatican’s Congregation for Causes of Saints reopens in September, I will transport the documents there from Denver,” said Uebbing. “Together with Doctor Waldery Hilgeman, the Roman Postulator for Julia’s cause, I will present the documents, and they will be officially accepted.

“Once the documents are opened, the Roman phase of Julia’s cause will begin.”

David Uebbing, Vice Postulator of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, will be taking 11,750 pages of documents to Rome next month.

During his homily the day of the closing session, Archbishop Aquila called those in attendance to strive to serve Jesus whole-heartedly, just like Julia, who “was one who put Jesus first, and she did it very quietly,” he said.

Her selfless service to the poor and firefighters is a true example of Christ-like love, he said.

Once the documents are opened, the Roman phase of Julia’s cause will begin.”

“That is a tremendous witness of what it means to be a servant and also to be a missionary disciple,” he said. “How many people did she bring into relationship with Jesus Christ? None of us really know; only God knows that.

“But we know she gave witness to him,” he added. “And we are called to the same.”

When it comes to Julia’s cause, the prayers of the faithful are still needed.

“I encourage the faithful to keep communicating with both me and the Julia Greeley Guild about any potential miracles received through Julia’s intercession,” said Uebbing, “since they will be needed for her to be beatified.”

COMING UP: Denver mayor surprises Catholic school students for Black History Month presentation

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On Monday, February 24, Christ the King Roman Catholic School in Denver held their first Black History Month celebration, and among the special guests was the Denver’s own Mayor Michael Hancock.

The celebration began with the surprise visit of Mayor Hancock, who addressed the students and spoke about the importance of the African American community in our society and remembered those who have made history and impacted our lives.

“I want us all to remember very clearly that this world, our society, has been created by so many people of different colors, races, religions, and we all depend on one another,” Mayor Hancock told the crowd. “Even when we don’t think about it, we’re depending on the inventions and discoveries of people who don’t look like us…Black history Month should also be about celebrating the cultures of history of all people that made this society great.”

After the Mayor’s speech, Kateri Williams, Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministry at the Archdiocese of Denver shared her testimony about how she was born and raised Catholic and the impact her faith has had throughout her life.

Mayor Michael Hancock surprised students at Christ the King Catholic School, in Denver Feb. 24 during a presentation on Black History Month. (Photos by Brandon Ortega)

“It’s important that we don’t celebrate in just the month of February or Black Catholic History Month in November, but throughout the entire year,” Williams said. “It’s also important to remember, as Pope Francis has shared, that unity and diversity is something we should have a joyful celebration about. It’s not our differences that we should be focused on, but our unity in our Lord Jesus Christ, that brings us all together and we should bring all of those gifts from all of our ethnic communities together as the one universal Catholic Church.”

As part of the Black History Month celebration at Christ The King, the school held several events during the entire week of February 24, including a basketball game to honor the athlete Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who were killed with seven others in a helicopter accident back in January. Before the fatal crash, Bryant, a Catholic, was seen praying at his local parish.

“The purpose is to bring focus to the contribution that the Catholic Church has [had] with black history,” said Sandra Moss, Teachers and Preschool Assistant at Christ the King Catholic School. “I want students to know Black history is American history. It’s not just about the color of your skin. It’s not about the negativity that is occurring everywhere in the world. I wanted them to see the good side of it… Black history is American history.”