Special Mass part of “Julia Greeley Week” in Colorado
Denver – Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila and the Archdiocese of Denver will celebrate a special Mass on Thursday, June 7th to honor the 100-year anniversary of the death of Julia Greeley, a former slave who is the first person the Archdiocese of Denver has formally investigated for canonization.
The Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver.
Denver firefighters will provide a special honor guard for the Mass in recognition of Greeley’s dedication to their profession. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will also issue a proclamation declaring June 3 – 9 as “Julia Greeley Week.”
Greeley was an ex-slave from Missouri who found her way to Denver in the late 1800s and became known as Denver’s “Angel of Charity” for bringing food, clothes and other goods to the poor at night. Julia’s compassion for the poor moved her to beg for these supplies and secretly distribute them.
Julia Greeley was deeply devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, seeking to imitate Christ’s selfless love for every person in her day-to-day actions. She even traveled on foot once a month to every Denver fire station to pass out Sacred Heart League pamphlets to help provide some spiritual nourishment and protection to the men who risked their lives so often.
Greeley’s cause for canonization was opened in December 2016, at which point she received the title “Servant of God.” On the 99th anniversary of her death, Julia’s remains were exhumed and transferred to the Cathedral Basilica and she is now the first person to be buried there. At this year’s Mass, a recently constructed tomb made out of white marble from Carrara, Italy will be blessed as the final resting place of Julia Greeley.
Media is invited to attend this special celebration.
What: 100-year Anniversary Mass for Julia Greeley
Where: Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. 1530 Logan St., Denver, CO 80203
When: 5:30 pm – Thursday, June 7th, 2018
Who (Available for Interviews):
- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila & Bishop Jorge H. Rodriguez
- Dave Uebbing – Chancellor and Vice-Postulator of Canonization Cause
- Capuchin Friar Father Blaine Burkey – Julia Greeley Biographer
- Mary Leisring – President of Julia Greeley Guild
Director of Public Relations
Archdiocese of Denver
Phone: (303) 715-3230