March 20, 2019
DENVER – It is with great sadness that the Archdiocese of Denver and Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila announce that Juan Carlos Reyes, Director of Centro San Juan Diego, passed away early this morning (March 20, 2019).
Reyes worked for El Centro since 2012, including the past year as director, where he faithfully served his Church through his work with the Hispanic communities in the archdiocese.
“Juan Carlos has been an incredible blessing to the Archdiocese of Denver these past years. He was a beloved son who loved our Lord, his family, and his ministry,” said Archbishop Aquila. “Even in the midst of his intense suffering these past weeks, he was a man of deep faith and remained a dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ. Let us be strengthened in Jesus’ promise of eternal life and continue to pray for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his family.”
Reyes came to the United States from Michoacán, Mexico with his family when he was 13, and after high school would become part of the first class at Centro San Juan Diego to earn a bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies through a virtual program in partnership with Anahuac University in Mexico City.
Following graduation, Reyes committed his life to ministering to the Hispanic community and other immigrants like himself, and as an employee and as director helped expand the programs offered at CSJD.
“Many of us witnessed how Juan Carlos grew and matured as a man, as a Christian, as a Catholic, as a leader,” said Alfonso Lara, Director of Hispanic Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Denver. “His potential, spirit and commitment were always attractive. I always admired his youthfulness, dedication and love for people. He emerged from the Hispanic community and later served and poured out his heart to them.”
Reyes was a loving husband, and father to three boys. He was 33 years old.
*The family has requested for no media cameras at the events.
Viewing and Vigil Service
Friday, March 29, 7:30 pm
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
3801 W. Ohio Ave., Denver, CO 80219
Saturday, March 30, 12 pm
Queen of Peace Catholic Church
13120 E. Kentucky Ave., Aurora, CO 80012
About Centro San Juan Diego:
The San Juan Diego Center (CSJD), Office of Hispanic Ministry of the Archdiocese of Denver and Family Services, offers faith formation and education for adults with the intention of enriching the lives of Denver’s Hispanics.
Since opening its doors in 2003, Centro has served nearly 30,000 Hispanics a year through career-oriented educational programs and leadership formation.
CSJD offers computer, citizenship, financial education, GED, English, UPAEP and small business classes, along with free legal consolations and tax preparation assistance.