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?”
October 6, 2017  |  

COLORADO SPRINGS. Bishop Michael Sheridan and the Serra Club of Colorado Springs will host a luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 19, for those interested in learning more about the ministry of promoting, supporting and affirming vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the diocese.

The event will be held in the lower level of St. Mary’s Cathedral, 22 E. Kiowa St., following the 12:10 p.m. Mass. If you would like to attend the luncheon, please submit your name, address, email address and phone number to or call 719-375-5486 by Oct. 12.


In Plain Sight

My Summer Assignment on the Eastern Plains
September 16, 2017  |  By BRANDON ALLEN
COLORADO SPRINGS. Submitting to and falling in love with God’s will was very gradual for me. I’ll never forget the first time I could envision myself as a priest celebrating Mass, giving homilies, and hearing confessions — it was exciting! As I pursued the seminary, I remember asking the Lord, “If it’s your will, open the doors,” and so far, he has. I am about to begin my third seminary year at St. Gregory the Great in Seward, Nebraska studying philosophy, having spent most of the summer at the parishes on the Eastern Plains of Colorado. I served four weeks in Cheyenne Wells and Kit Carson with Father Jason Keas, and four weeks in Burlington and Stratton with Father Carlos Gallardo.
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