May 15, 2020  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS. Bishop Michael Sheridan will ordain Deacons Timothy O’Connell and Chance Billmeyer to the priesthood on May 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

March 6, 2020  |  

MONUMENT. A new film detailing a local woman’s journey to being consecrated as a virgin living in the world is now available on Apple TV. “Song of Songs: The Journey of a Consecrated Virgin” chronicles the life of St. Peter parishioner Tara Stone, highlighting the defining moments of her childhood, teenage years and young adulthood as she discerns her vocation.

February 7, 2020  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS. The Serra Club of Colorado Springs will hold its annual Anniversary Dinner and Silent Auction on Feb. 24 in Julie Penrose Hall at St. Paul Church. Bishop Michael Sheridan will celebrate Mass at 5 p.m., followed by a wine social, silent auction and catered dinner. Cost is $45 per person; attendees can bring a priest or religious sister for an additional $25. Checks should be payable to: Serra Club of Colorado Springs, 228 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, 80903. RSVPs are requested by Feb. 14. For more information, contact or 719-576-0641. The Serra Club supports vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

January 17, 2020  |  By RUSTY KERN

LIMON. The Union Pacific Railroad still thunders past the small town of Limon, 72 miles east of Colorado Springs. Years ago, frequent stops of passenger trains encouraged growth and the founding of the place, but now it’s the highway that brings visitors. Making their way along Interstate 70, travelers come in for a landing to be served by a bright new cluster of gas stations, gift shops, and several chain hotels. Locals enjoy good work here, and many will attend Mass today at Our Lady of Victory, a handsome red brick church founded in 1925. Today — Dec. 15, 2019 — is a special day, and people and luminaries stream in from all over.

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.

November 15, 2019  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS. The Serra Club of Colorado Springs announced the winners of its Priest Appreciation Contest, which was held in conjunction with National Vocations Awareness Week, Nov. 3-9.

November 1, 2019  |  By SISTER NADINE HEIMANN

COLORADO SPRINGS. Sister Magdalena Krol, the General Superior of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration from Olpe, Germany, spent Oct. 1-24 conducting a canonical visitation of St. Joseph Province with the Sisters at Mount Saint Francis.

September 20, 2019  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS.  In honor of Priesthood Sunday on Sept. 29, the Serra Club of Colorado Springs is holding a Priesthood Appreciation Contest for youth ages Pre-K to high school. Students are invited to create an essay, poem, artwork, video, thank-you note or card describing how a priest has inspired them. Contestants will be divided into four age groups: Pre-K to first, grades 2-4, grades 5-8 and grades 9-12. Entries should be submitted by Oct. 15 to one’s parish office or via email at Winners will be announced during Vocations Awareness Week, which begins Nov. 3.

May 17, 2019  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL
COLORADO SPRINGS. Timothy O’Connell is a seminarian for the Diocese of Colorado Springs who recently completed his third year of theology studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He will be ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop Michael Sheridan on June 1 at 10 a.m. St. Mary’s Cathedral. He will preach his first homily on June 2 at the 11 a.m. Mass at Corpus Christi Church. The Herald recently caught up with O’Connell to learn more about him and his journey to the priesthood.
DENVER. Many years before she entered religious life, Sister Mary Gianna Thornby was an ordinary high school sophomore at Columbine High School in the suburbs of Denver.
April 5, 2019  |  

Catholic Radio Network’s annual Priest and Seminarian Appreciation Day will take place June 3 at St. Frances Cabrini Parish and Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton.

October 19, 2018  |  
COLORADO SPRINGS. Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration Judith Ann Schaeffer was honored at the 2018 Franciscan Federation Conference June 11-14 in Buffalo, New York.
September 7, 2018  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL
COLORADO SPRINGS. There are many vocations within the Catholic Church, but finding that vocation can be challenge. Following are profiles of two young women who, after having gone through the process of discernment, have chosen vocations — one as a consecrated virgin and the other as a religious sister.
March 19, 2018  |  By FATHER JIM BARON

Appoint, therefore, for yourselves . . . deacons worthy of the Lord, men meek, and not lovers of money, and truthful and proved; for they also render to you the service of prophets and teachers.

— Didache XV, 1

From the earliest days of the Church, many needs have arisen that have called forth the various gifts of the Holy Spirit through the generous service of Christian men and women.

January 19, 2018  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. Last January, hundreds of Catholic students in the Colorado Springs area converged on St. Mary’s High School for Embrace Vocations Day to learn more about discerning God’s will for their lives as they continue their faith journey. St. Mary’s is again hosting the diocesan-wide Embrace Vocations Day on Jan. 30, with this year’s theme being “Discernment and Calling: How Do I Live Out God’s Plan?”
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