The annual Celebrate Life Rally and March was held Jan. 12, 2019, beginning on the west steps of the Colorado state Capitol in Denver. David Bereit, the co-founder and former president of 40 Days for Life, was the emcee, introducing the Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver. Other speakers included Deacon Geoff Bennett of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver and Elizabeth Felix of Students for Life of America. (Part 1 of 2 parts.) For more on Celebrate Life, go to RespectLifeDenver.org.
Kinship is "a relative raising a relative's child," said Carrie Savage, manager of Kinship and Senior Services at Catholic Charities of Denver. "We most commonly see grandparents raising grandchildren, but we also have aunts and uncles, cousins (raising children). And they don't have to be blood-related. We can call them a psychological kin and they have a special relationship with the child; maybe a godparent would be an example of that. But most commonly, grandparents." For more, see the Kinship Caregiver Program at Catholic Charities, as well as Senior Care Services.
"At the foundation, the reason priests are celibate is because Jesus Christ himself was celibate," said Fr. Gary Selin, author of Priestly Celibacy: Theological Foundations. "He's the reason, he's the cause, he is the very foundation of the New Testament priesthood." Fr. Selin is a Formation Advisor, as well as an Assistant Professor, at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. For more, see the National Catholic Register interview with Fr. Selin, "Why the Church Guards Celibacy as a 'Brilliant Jewel.'"
“We offer spiritual direction to people throughout the Archdiocese of Denver and beyond, as well,” said Fr. Greg Cleveland, O.M.V., of The Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Denver. “We offer that service to people looking for that one-on-one guidance, helping deepen their relationship with The Lord. We also train people to become spiritual directors.” Go here for more on The Lanteri Center.
“Prayer, with the Rosary, was a big part of our family,” said Sam Perry, discussing his mission to widely share that devotion, including distribution of tens of thousands of Rosaries and prayer books over the years, as well as initiating Prayer in the Square on the first Saturday of each month at locations across Colorado's Front Range. Perry also discussed the traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which can be booked at schools and parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver. For more on Sam and Becky Perry, read this 2013 story.
"This really is the largest civil rights movement of our time," said Lynn Grandon, program director of the Respect Life Office at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver. Across the nation each January, "people join together by the hundreds of thousands to remember the tragedy of the Roe v. Wade decision and what it's done to our nation. Some people may not be aware that the numbers are above 60 million of the children that we've lost [from abortion] since January of 1973. So people gather and march peacefully all across the United States."
Grandon described the upcoming Celebrate Life Rally and March, to take place starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, on the west steps of the state Capitol in Denver. Details are available at respectlifedenver.org.
“Every two years, we will have a recruitment year at the St. Francis School of Theology for Deacons,” said Deacon Robert Hoffman, associate director. “We are in the recruitment year. For the entire year, once a month we will have discernment retreats for men who feel they have the call to be a deacon.”
Here is a link to the application process as well as registration for discernment retreats in the Archdiocese of Denver, which are to be held on Dec. 1, 2018; as well as Jan. 12 (bilingual), Feb. 9, March 9 and April 6, 2019.
“We are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals,” said Cheryl Martinez-Gloria, Esq., Director of Immigration Services at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver. “We offer advice, assistance and representation to the indigent and low-income of Colorado — those with valid legal claims to status under our immigration laws. Our main office is located in Denver. We do have satellite offices in Glenwood Springs, Frisco, Greeley and Fort Morgan. In general, our practice covers family visa processing, deportation defense, citizenship and community education.”
For more details, go to http://ccdenver.org/immigration-services or call 303-742-7491.
"We know that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States," said Elizabeth Higbie, LCSW, a therapist with St. Raphael Counseling, a ministry of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver. Higbie discussed risk factors that may include mental illness, depression, a family history of suicide, isolation, a history of abuse in childhood, unwillingness to seek help as well as barriers to treatment. Higbie also discussed potential warning signs of suicidal behavior and wrote an article on the subject, available here.
[If your or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. For Colorado Crisis Services, call 1-844-493-8255.]