COLORADO SPRINGS. At a standing-room-only funeral Mass on June 7 at Holy Apostles Parish, Father Paul Wicker was honored for his ability to bring people together and his love for those on the margins of society.
“We grew up together, so to speak, in the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Denver during challenging years after the Second Vatican Council,” said Bishop Emeritus Richard Hanifen, who delivered the homily. “Some of our people were chafing at the bit for more change while others were resisting with all their might the changes that were taking place. Perhaps that’s where he first embraced the tension of standing in the middle — being a pastor among those who did not agree with each other. To be a pontifex — a bridge builder, you have to get walked on.”