Three Priests ordained in Pueblo

Ordination2 webBy Katie Chrisman
Bishop Stephen Berg ordained three transitional deacons to the priesthood on June 19 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo. In front of a packed cathedral, Stephen Injoalu, Isaac Kariuki and Carl Wertin laid prostrate during the Litany of Saints, knelt as the Bishop prayed the prayer of ordination, pledged obedience to the Bishop and his successors and had their hands anointed with the sacred chrism.

Reflecting back on his ordination, Father Carl Wertin said, “In the ordination rite the Bishop spoke words that called us to accompany and assist him. These words have been a great source of strength for me as I prepare to serve the church alongside so many,” he said. “Before the ordination I would find myself concerned at times as to how I could answer such a high calling, but these words remind me of the greatness of God and His work in the Church of which I serve as a part.”


Bishop responds to same sex marriage ruling

By Most Rev. Stephen J.Berg
The Supreme Court’s decision last month to rule that two persons of the same sex have a constitutional right to marry, essentially re-defines civil marriage across the United States. I am unsettled and saddened by this decision, not least because it reflects a dramatic shift within our country away from our closely held Christian beliefs.


Reunion planned for Pueblo Catholic High Class of ‘65

By Kathy Cribari Beck
One of the last graduating classes of Pueblo Catholic High School—the iconic class of 1965—celebrates its 50th reunion this fall, Sept. 11 to 13, some 40 years since all Pueblo’s Catholic schools closed.

These PCH students, who graduated six years before the real “last day of school,” in 1971, were saddened then. In 1977, however, they would enjoy the legacy of a television series, “What Really Happened to the Class of 65?”


Spring Study Days 2015

By Deacon Dan Leetch, Director of Pastoral Services
The Diocese of Pueblo gathered for “Spring Study Days” May 11 through 13 at St. Joseph Parish in Pueblo. Over 170 members of our diocese attended this three day event.

The title for this year’s gathering was “Thriving as a Pastor and Team – Skills for Successful Ministry.” Our presenters Dr. Emily Cash and Fr. Jim Gordon from the St. Luke Center in Louisville Ky. led us through many exercises and discussions as we looked closely at issues ranging from self care to dealing with difficult situations in ministry.


Nine men prepare for the permanent diaconate

By Deacon Scott McIntosh
One of the great legacies of the Second Vatican Council was its renewal and encouragement of the Order of Deacons. The council fathers re-established the Sacred Order of Permanent Deacons “. . . as a sign or sacrament of the Lord Christ Himself, who came not to be served, but to serve.” Following the closing of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI, in his apostolic letter “Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem,” confirmed the Order of Deacons as a permanent ministry in the Catholic Church.


Hearts opened, minds changed, lives transformed

By Linda Davis
Newman Centers or Newman Clubs are Catholic ministry centers at non-Catholic universities found throughout the world. The establishment of this movement was inspired by the writings of Cardinal John Henry Newman encouraging societies for Catholic students attending secular universities.


Catholic Charities distributes Rice Bowl money across diocese

By James Dilorio
Each Lent, the Diocese of Pueblo participates in Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl program. Operation Rice Bowl has always emphasized the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Of the money collected, 75 percent goes to Catholic Relief Services for its efforts overseas.


Father Mike Smith, S.J. retires from parish work

By Ginny Revel
For Father Michael N. Smith, S.J., Pentecost is more than an important liturgical feast. He loves to cite how the apostles, enlivened by the power of the Holy Spirit, immediately spoke in tongues and all foreigners were able to understand them. Jesus’ Gospel was henceforth offered to, and received by, many peoples of the world.


CSU-Pueblo campus ministry serves homeless in Pueblo

Catholic Campus Ministry, Packs For People

By Deacon Ben Davis
One of the keys to holding onto our Catholic faith during the college years is the opportunity to have positive experiences with others who share faith in Jesus. Catholic campus ministry focuses on these experiences that encourage students to take ownership of their faith and allow Jesus to transform their lives.


Grants Awarded for 2015

The Catholic Foundation announced its awards for the 2015 grants cycle. This year the Catholic Foundation was able to fund 30 requests for assistance from across the diocese. In all, the Catholic Foundation awarded $80,050 to fund both tuition assistance for Catholic schools and a wide range of other programs and needs in the areas of faith formation and worship.


St. Michael Church-Delta, remodeled and updated

By Deacon Price Hatcher
After nearly ten months of celebrating Mass in St. Joseph Hall, St. Michael Parish in Delta has returned to its sanctuary. On June 26 Bishop Stephen Berg rededicated the church. With Father Albeiro Herrera-Ciro, the Bishop blessed the entire church with incense and holy water. In addition to Bishop Berg, Fathers Andres Ayala and Chrysogonus Nwele were among the guests at the celebration. Following the rededication, the celebration continued with a dinner in the hall.


2015 Catholic Foundation Grants by Deanery


Sangre de Cristo Parish, San Luis: $2,500
Holy Family Mission Church, Ft. Garland: $750
Immaculate Conception Mission, Chama: $1,650
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Antonito: 3,800
St. Joseph Parish, Capulin: $2,400
St. Francis Jerome/ Holy Name of Mary, Center, Del Norte: $2,650
Spiritual Life Institute of America, Crestone: $700
St. Joseph, Monte Vista: $1,500


Knights give back to community

Knights of Columbus members from the St. Therese council 12720 took the lead coordinating fellow Knights from councils 2977, 12020, 4286 and 557 in the cleanup of several sections of Roselawn cemetery in Pueblo.

All of the priests’ graves and the bishops’ mausoleum were cleaned and detailed, overgrowth around the stations of the cross was enhanced by stately five-foot sierra statues as well as taking care to clean the graves of the sisters from the Order of St. Benedict, Sisters of Charity and Sisters of Loretto.


Bequest for Humanitarian Assistance

The Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a substantial bequest from the late Msgr. Howard Delaney (1911-2014). Under the terms of the bequest, the funds are to be used for humanitarian purposes over a period of 20 years or so. This enduring gift will allow the Catholic Foundation to help those most in need. As expressed by one of Msgr. Delaney’s close personal representatives, it was always his hope that the funds would be used to help the poor and marginalized.


Sister of Mercy celebrates 50 years of service

Sister Elaine Pacheco, RSM, is celebrating her 50th year as a Sister of Mercy. Sister Elaine is currently serving as a senior consultant at the Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah, and working as a social worker, massage therapist, and spiritual director in private practice in Pueblo.  Sister Elaine established the first Alzheimer’s support groups in Southern Colorado and created the first Alzheimer’s day stay program in Pueblo through the support of St. Mary Corwin Hospital and her development of the Southern Colorado Alzheimer’s Association.