Power of Giving

Sharing a zeal for Scripture

If you promote Christ, the vocations will come. That’s the experience of five-year priest Father Brian Larkin. “God calls people if they love him,” said the 35-year-old pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Denver and former parochial vicar and administrator of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Northglenn. Counter to the experience of…




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Life comes full circle for scholarship recipient

Lupita Leon never imagined she’d become a teacher, nor that she’d teach in front of the desks she once sat in. She teaches at Annunciation School in Denver, where she attended for eight years with the help of a scholarship from Seeds of Hope. Now she passes on the values and faith instilled in her…




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A refugee finds happiness at Catholic school

Aluel Doldol came to Annunciation School in fifth grade. She loved school but spoke little English when she first arrived for class. “That was my hardest year at Annunciation,” said 18-year-old Aluel. “My English was terrible. It was frustrating because I couldn’t communicate, and I love to talk. But the teachers worked one-on-one with me…




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Convert follows call to priesthood

For most of his childhood, convert Adam Bradshaw was un-churched. But as he went through catechesis to become Catholic at age 20, he felt called to go further—and today he’s in formation to become a priest. Now 27, Bradshaw, a transplant from Texas, begins his fifth year of seminary study this fall at St. John…




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Seminarian’s missionary heart nourished

Juan Manuel Madrid, 28, first felt the call to priesthood as a 5-year-old, but it lay dormant until age 18 when a Scripture reading at Eucharist enkindled it. “For the love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction that one died for all; therefore, all have died. He indeed died for…




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A priest for the new evangelization

Originally from Italy, God called him to the priesthood at Denver’s World Youth Day 1993. Today, he serves as judicial vicar and is vice rector of Denver’s first diocesan seminary. Now a priest of 13 years, Father Giovanni Capucci, 42, was among the pioneer group of 12 seminarians and two priest formators who arrived to…




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A defining moment in 10th grade

John Stapleton experienced a defining moment in his life when attending Holy Family High School. During his sophomore year, his heart turned to Christ. “Holy Family did help me fall more in love with the faith,” said John, 30, a seminarian at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. “That year in my life was defining for…




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Small school leads to big career

Vic Lombardi calls Holy Family High School the place where friends become like family. “I was very fond of my time at Holy Family because I made life-long friends there,” he said. “Some that I met at school are like brothers and sisters to me.” Vic, formerly a sports anchor for CBS4 Denver and now…




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A better life found

Luis Sanchez’s biggest wish is that Centro San Juan Diego will continue to deliver the same help he once received. “It’s a place that can change your life, and a great place to get prepared for life in America,” said Luis, a husband and father of three children in Aurora. “I hope they continue to…




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A desire to learn leads to happiness

As she continued classes at Centro San Juan Diego, Ana Castañeda felt her confidence grow. “I’m happy with myself, because I learned a lot,” Ana shared while inside the downtown Denver Hispanic ministry center. Ana first came to the United States with her family more than 10 years ago. “It was difficult,” she said, at…




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