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Diaconate Ordination

The Servants of Christ Jesus were blessed to have Br. James Claver ordained by Archbishop Samuel Aquila on February 14th. Br. James was ordained with three other men from the Archdiocese of Denver at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Br. James has been in Seminary the past three years in preparation for the Priest. God willing he will be ordained in May 2016 to the holy priesthood. Please keep Deacon Br. James in your thoughts and prayers!

Working at Bishop Machebeuf

 

Brother Peter began his second semester of his third year teaching theology at Bishop Machebeuf High School.  His sophomore theology course explains in depth the ideas expressed in the Nicene Creed.  Sophomore Sofia Garcia says of the class, “I love Brother Peter’s class.  He always keeps it interesting and really cares about us outside the classroom, too.”  It is a normal occurrence to see Br. Peter talking with students in the halls or Fr. Paul offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation at lunchtime.

Fr. Paul has taught at Machebeuf 5 years prior to this year, and also serves the role of Chaplain on campus.  Father Paul’s senior theology course, History of Western Spirituality, gives a vast overview of the lives of Saints which have shaped Catholicism in the years since Christ’s Resurrection.  His students read excerpts from the works of various saints such as Confessions by St. Augustine and Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross.  Senior Rebecca Haven explains her experience while taking the class: “Father Paul’s class was so helpful to me in identifying things that have been blocking me from God in my spiritual life.  We learned about new saints each week, and it seemed like each one related exactly to the problems I was dealing with that day.  God is really working through this class.”

Raising Saints

Fr. John Ignatius gave a presentation to parents in the Archdiocese at a local parish in Denver. Watch below to hear biblical wisdom on raising children to become saints.

Ordination Video

Check out the Ordination Video commemorating the Ordination of Fr. John  and Fr. Paul.

 

Summer Formation

Summer 2013 was packed with new experiences as the Servants continued to live out the Apostolic formation of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Brother Peter Francis and Kevin Murphy made their Silent Spiritual Exercises in June at the Foyer di Charite in northern Italy. Under the direction of Father John Ignatius, the men made the 30 Day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Amidst the beauty of the mountains the men sought the Lord in the silence of prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

Brother Peter noted how the Lord poured out peace and joy abundantly during his thirty day retreat. It was during his 30 day that he discerned to continue with the community and formally start novitiate.

After the retreat, Brother Peter flew back to the USA to serve with Brother James at Santa Teresita Medical Center in Duarte, California. The brothers served with the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles in their ministry to the elderly with assisted living and hospice facilities.

Meanwhile, Father Paul and Father John led Kevin Murphy and 5 other men through a Pilgrimage and Mission Trip to the Holy Land.

Reunited at the end of July in Los Angeles, the Servants camped in campgrounds across California, Nevada and Utah on their way back home to Colorado. The Servants hiked, swam, and celebrated Mass at parks in Lake Casitas, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Great Basin, Arches National Park, and Mount Evans on their way home to Denver.

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