VERONICA AMBUUL

VERONICA AMBUUL

Herald Editor
July 3, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. When Christian and Christine Meert were named co-directors of the Diocese of Colorado Springs’ newly- created Office of Marriage and Family Life in 2005, they essentially started with a blank slate. Now, 15 years later, the two can look back and see how their efforts have born fruit.


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July 3, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. Diocese of Colorado Springs Finance Officer Bob Doerfler, who has a combined 43 years of service to Divine Redeemer Parish and the diocese, retired June 5. Doerfler worked side by side with Bishop Emeritus Richard Hanifen to establish the diocese’s finance and accounting operations when it was created in 1984.


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June 19, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. Call it a silver lining or unintended consequence, but one good thing to come out of the coronavirus pandemic is that engaged couples now have more time to focus on the sacrament of matrimony and the Catholic Church’s teaching about marriage.


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June 19, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

DENVER. The Colorado Catholic Conference issued an “Action Alert” on June 9 asking people to contact their state legislators to request that the Colorado Department of Education release COVID-19 relief funds for nonpublic schools based on federal guidelines.


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May 15, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. Even though parishioners at St. Gabriel the Archangel weren’t able to attend any Masses during the month of April, the parish not only held its regular monthly food drive but held an extra drive that resulted in a 3,500-pound food donation to Marian House soup kitchen.


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May 15, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will ripple through society for years to come, but one of the groups most immediately and directly affected by the pandemic are engaged couples who were planning weddings this year. These couples have been faced with a difficult choice — move forward with a wedding where only their parents and possibly siblings can attend, or postpone it for an indeterminate period of time.


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May 15, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. Like Catholics everywhere, members of Our Lady of the Pines Parish have not had much opportunity to visit the church or each other.


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May 15, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. Two months after the Diocese of Colorado Springs suspended public Masses in response to the coronavirus pandemic, parishioners are being invited back to the limited celebration of Mass starting the weekend of May 16-17. But because of the need for comprehensive safety measures to limit further spread of the virus, the manner in which people gather at church will look very different than it did in the past.


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April 17, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. The coronavirus pandemic has not only led to a suspension of public Masses, it has also cast uncertainty on the celebration of other sacraments, including weddings, confirmations, and funerals. Following is a list of frequently-asked questions based on the liturgical guidelines issued by Bishop Michael Sheridan on March 20:


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Virtual Easter

Catholics face reality of observing Holy Week from their living rooms
April 3, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. With churches in the Diocese of Colorado Springs prohibited from holding public Masses until at least the end of April, Bishop Michael Sheridan and parish pastors are making plans to celebrate Holy Week and Easter liturgies in front of video cameras so that parishioners can participate via YouTube, Facebook, or other social media platforms.


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Going viral

Diocese cancels public Masses, other events to limit exposure to virus
March 20, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. In response to health officials’ recommendations that large group events be cancelled to limit the spread of coronavirus, the bishops of Colorado on March 13 ordered that all public Masses and other group meetings at parishes cease until the end of March.


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March 20, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. On March 1, Holy Apostles Parish celebrated the grand re-opening of its parish library, which is located on the lower level of the church building.

The library was closed during the month of February, during which time it underwent a complete remodeling and reorganization.


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February 7, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. When Keith and Veronica Deardorff and their seven children moved to Colorado Springs two years ago due to Keith’s military service, it didn’t take long for members of Holy Apostles Parish to reach out to them.


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January 17, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. John Tosto was a World War II veteran, father of eight children, a business owner, and an accomplished artist. He had also designed and crafted numerous works of art for his parish, Our Lady of the Pines, and other local churches. But when he realized that he would not live to see his final project through to completion, it was devastating.


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January 17, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

Clifford Chance Billmeyer, a seminarian for the Diocese of Colorado Springs, is the older middle of four sons born to Robert Edward and Carole Anne Billmeyer. He is midway through his fourth year of theology studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and was ordained a transitional deacon Dec. 21 by Bishop Michael Sheridan.

CCH: Who are some of the priests who were instrumental in fostering your priestly vocation?

CB: There have been many excellent priests in my life, all of whom I owe a great deal of gratitude for their devotion, piety and kindness. Two priests however stand out.


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