Bishop celebrates first anniversary

On February 27, Bishop Stephen Berg celebrated his first anniversary as the bishop of Pueblo. Here, he answered some questions about his first year in Pueblo as he looks back but also looks to the future.

Q: Reflect back on your first year in the diocese.

A: Yesterday afternoon, newly-ordained Deacon Stephen Injoalu was driving me to Trinidad to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Trinity parish. At about Walsenburg we ran into a sudden, heavy, wet snowstorm. At the same time, Deacon Allan Medina’s truck, driving from Lamar to assist us in the Confirmations in Trinidad, had broken down on the road and a tow truck was on the way to bring Deacon Allan into Trinidad. We all arrived in time to enjoy a hearty meal, conversation with the candidates, and a brilliant, spirit-filled celebration of Confirmation for 23 young people. Thank you, Fr. Steven Murray and the people of Holy Trinity!

The short answer: My first year in Pueblo has been “on the go.” Watch out, be ready, be flexible. Everything we do requires cooperation and adjustment. And, everything we do turns out accordingly to the Lord, and thank you, Holy Spirit, for all of that!

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Fr. Maurice Gallagher

(May 04, 1921 - May 25, 2015)

GallagherFr. Maurice O. Gallagher, 94, a Priest of the Diocese of Pueblo, formerly of Waukon, IA, died Monday, May 25, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.  Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, May 30th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Hanover Catholic Church in rural Waukon.  Burial will be at the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Friday at Martin Funeral Home(202 Allamakee St NW, Waukon, IA 52172), where there will be a 3:45 p.m. Scripture Service.  Memorial services in the Pueblo area are:  12:00 noon June 2, 2015 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart; and 10:30 a.m. June 14, 2015 at Sacred Heart Parish, Avondale.  Cards or messages of condolence can be sent to Los Pobres, c/o Sr. Nancy Crafton, P. O. Box 304, Avondale, Colorado  80122.

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Diocese plans trip to National Catholic Youth Conference

The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC for short) is a biennial gathering of high school youth from around the United States. It is an opportunity for you to experience the true universality of the Catholic Church by praying, going to awesome Mass, and experiencing Christ in reconciliation and adoration with other Catholics from around the United States. NCYC always attracts some of the biggest and best known Catholic speakers and musicians, and brings them together to share their time and experiences with you in break-out sessions and workshops.

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Local youth discover they are “Called and Gifted... NOW!”

By Sarah Nelson
“Engaging,” “humorous,”  “exciting,” “powerful,” these are some of the words used to describe the recent Middle School and High School Festivals hosted in the Southern Colorado Catholic deaneries on February 7 and 8. The keynote speakers for both events were nationally known evangelistic duo, Brad Farmer and Gene Monterastelli- known as “APeX Ministries.”  

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Loaves and Fishes program thrives in Archuleta County

In January 2004, five women were discussing the need for a “food kitchen” in Pagosa Springs. The Senior Center offered meals on weekdays at a modest cost, but was closed on Thursday, leaving their clients without a nutritious meal. From that discussion came their commitment to provide that meal.

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Three deacons to be ordained to the priesthood in June

Bishop Stephen Berg will ordain three transitional deacons to the priesthood on June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo. Leading up to their ordinations, Deacons Stephen Injoalu, Isaac Kariuki and Carl Wertin were each asked to write a short narrative about themselves.

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Junior Daughters installed at Mass in Cortez

By Kayla Garchar
On February 22, Mass was held at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in Cortez to install officers and members of the Junior Catholic Daughters Sacred Heart No. 1606. This court was founded in 2008 under the advisement of the senior court, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas No. 1606, and continues to be the only existing Junior Catholic Daughters court in the Diocese of Pueblo and the state of Colorado. The junior court consists of young women, ages six to 18, who promote charity and spiritual growth in the parish and community.

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Students spend spring break serving others

By Darin Sisneros, Shirley Attencio, and Hunter Darrouzet
For the first time in many years, all five of the Diocese of Pueblo campus ministries shared the same spring break schedule. This enabled students from Adams State University, Western State University, Colorado State University - Pueblo, and Fort Lewis College to partake in an Alternative Spring Break trip to Hatch, N.M. A second group from Adams State University returned to Mexicali, Baja Mexico and students from Colorado Mesa University sent a delegation of students to El Salvador for the third year in a row.

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Pueblo sisters honored by Serra Club

The Serra Club of Pueblo honored the sisters in the Pueblo Deaneries at a dinner on March 15 during this year dedicated to Consecrated Life in the Church. We were also pleased to have two sisters from Capulin attend the dinner. The combined number of years of those invited totaled 800 years of dedication to their religious order and service to others.

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Pueblo LIFE Runners off to quick start

By Megan Drapa
The LIFE Runners Team (liferunners.org) is the world’s largest pro-life running/walking team currently represented in 22 countries and all 50 states. Including newborns to 90 year olds, LIFE runners/walkers gather monthly and are committed to raising awareness, prayers and funds for the pro - life movement. Combining “witness with fitness,” LIFE runners/walkers present a tangible and easy way for fellowship and group witness.

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Fr. Gallagher honored with scholarship fund

Sacred Heart Church in Avondale held a parish event on March 15 to raise funds for a newly-established Father Gallagher scholarship fund for boys. Fr. Maurice Gallagher, now 90 years old, was presented with a special plaque for his many years of service to the Avondale community. The fellowship hall at the church was also named in his honor.

Minister to the homebound loves to serve

By Ginny Revel
“If only people would try volunteering as a homebound minister, they would love it!”

This is the heartfelt advice of Dee Radebaugh, who has been an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the homebound for the past eight years. Dee is one of approximately 45 ministers at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Grand Junction who, on a regular basis, visits the frail and the elderly, those people recovering from surgery, those who don’t drive, and the sick and the dying.

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Spring Study Days registration open

Registration is now open for this year’s Spring Study Days. The event, held May 11 to 13 at St. Joseph parish in Pueblo, will feature speakers Dr. Emily Cash and Father James Gordon. The theme of the conference is “Thriving as a Pastor and Team – Skills for Successful Ministry.” Some of the session topics include boundaries, dealing with challenging personalities and strategies for successful communication. The Study Days are directed toward clergy, parish pastoral teams, Catholic educators, and all interested adult parishioners.

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Daneluk named finance director, Brainard to retire from St. Therese

Bishop Stephen Berg and diocesan staff welcomed John Daneluk as the new director of finance for the Diocese of Pueblo. John is a CPA and brings 25 years of experience which includes auditing, corporate and non-profit accounting and financial management.

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St. John Neumann students soar at Brain Bowl tournament

By Daniel Oldenburg
St. John Neumann Catholic School’s 6th Grade Brain Bowl Team competed in the Optimists Annual Brain Bowl. On February 7, 2015 they participated in the Regional Brain Bowl tournament held at Horizon Middle School in Colorado Springs. They placed 2nd overall earning a spot in the state tournament at Hamilton Middle School in Denver on March 21. There, they placed 5th out of the 18 championship teams that competed. Over 80 middle school teams throughout Colorado and Wyoming participated in the Optimist Brain Bowl with St. John Neumann as the only Catholic School to compete. They did an outstanding job against middle schools with 300 kids in their 6th grade classes. They competed against schools from Boulder, Denver, Aspen and Colorado Springs. 

Colorado Mesa University hosts diocese’s first Awakening retreat

By Hunter Darrouzet, Colorado Mesa University Catholic campus minister
Students from the Catholic campus ministries at Colorado Mesa University, Adams State University, and Western State University met at Camp Cedaredge in Cedaredge on the last weekend in February to host and attend the first Awakening retreat in the Diocese of Pueblo. It was called Rocky Mountain Awakening #1 and 10 student-staff led 22 students in an amazing retreat based on the theme, “God will lift us up.” 

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Nocturnal Adoration Society installs new officers in March

Pueblo’s chapter of the Nocturnal Adoration Society installed new officers on March 7 at St. Mary Help of Christians in Pueblo. Deacon Steve Lumbert conducted the ceremony. New officers replaced people who had been in office for 20 years. The Pueblo chapter is the largest group in the nation with over 500 members. New officers are Art Tapia, president; Jim Bacino, vice-president; Angie Duran, treasurer and Myra Garcia, secretary