COLORADO SPRINGS. Father Doug Grandon, noted evangelist and convert to Catholicism, will be the guest speaker at the Serra Club’s annual anniversary dinner on Feb.27.
After 25 years as a Protestant missionary and pastor, and then an Episcopal priest, Pope Benedict granted Father Grandon permission to be ordained as a married Catholic priest in 2008. He serves at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Denver and teaches homiletics at St. John Vianney Seminary.
Father Grandon also serves as one of six national chaplains with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), where he is involved in a new project called “parish-based evangelization.”
Father Grandon holds three certificates from the Institute for Foreign Languages in Belgrade, Serbia and degrees from Bradley University, Liberty University, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He earned a doctorate in historical theology from St. Louis University and completed a year of post-doctoral study at Oxford University.
Father Grandon serves on the board of Mary Mother of God Mission in the Russian Far East, where nearly 30,000 Catholics suffered martyrdom in the 1920s and 30s.
Father Grandon’s wife, Lynn, serves as the director of the Archdiocese of Denver’s Respect Life office. The Grandons have six children. Their son Christian is a FOCUS missionary.
The anniversary celebration on Feb. 27 will begin with mass at 5 p.m. at St. Paul Church with Bishop Michael Sheridan as celebrant. A catered dinner will follow in the Julie Penrose Hall. The cost is $40 per person, and registered guests can invite a priest, deacon or religious sister for $20. Make checks payable to Serra Club of Colorado Springs. Mail to Helene Knapp, 72 Woodbridge Dr., Colorado Springs, 80906.
For further information, contact Knapp at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 719-576-1814. Make your reservation today and plan to enjoy a special evening in support of Serra’s mission to promote, support and affirm vocations to the priesthood and religious life.