May 7, 2015

Help the homeless during Ride the Rockies

(Larry’s column appeared in the Apr. 16 edition of the Denver Catholic Register) For the fifth consecutive year, Team Samaritan House will be part of Ride the Rockies, which this year starts in Grand Junction on June 13 and ends June 20 in Westcliffe. We have 19 riders registered on the team—16 men and three women—with a goal of raising $5,000 apiece for Catholic Charities homeless […]
March 7, 2015
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Stay tuned for more miracles

(Larry’s column appeared in the Mar. 5 edition of the Denver Catholic Register) Since my arrival at Catholic Charities in April 2013, I’ve said that we serve two kinds of people: those with a need to give and those with a need to receive. That was brought home to me in an amazing way at A Beacon of Hope Gala for Lighthouse and Women’s Services, which raised […]
January 12, 2015
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Saving one baby every week—and their families

(Larry’s column appeared in the Jan. 12 edition of the Denver Catholic Register) You have been part of an amazing life-saving mission—and we have much more work to do. Lighthouse Women’s Center, located in Denver across the street from a massive Planned Parenthood abortion facility, will soon record the 100th baby born to women served at Lighthouse. Since March 2013, we have averaged one precious baby […]
November 18, 2014

The most charitable act in the world

(Larry’s column appeared in the Nov. 18 edition of the Denver Catholic Register) A man at Samaritan House said recently that the homeless shelter helped him find a job by providing “a place to sleep, a place to shower, a place to get groomed for a job interview (and) a sack lunch to take” for the day. That’s what we do at Catholic Charities. Jesus Christ […]
November 7, 2014

Gospel of Life Conference took on the culture war

Commentary by Lynn Grandon, director of Respect Life Resources and of Lighthouse Women’s Center for Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver We are so grateful for the leadership of these holy men at our conference today. Bishop Etienne spoke words of encouragement to health care workers, who often have to stand daily for moral truths and give loving explanations for Catholic thought in regards to […]
October 17, 2014

Fight for life with Jason Jones Jan. 31

(Larry’s column appeared in the Oct. 15 edition of the Denver Catholic Register) I’ve written previously about “The real war on women: a life of poverty.” Here’s the reality: “The culture asks women to contracept. Then, when they become pregnant, it asks them to abort. If they don’t abort and keep the child, many times they are ostracized from their family or violently abused by a […]
September 23, 2014

Domestic violence happens. Then what?

Wendy’s column can be found in the Denver Catholic Register, Sept. 23 edition. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a crime. Perpetrators need to be prosecuted. Then what? Often, in our inability to understand cruelty and violence, we look away from the victim. We put space between the victim and ourselves, questioning why she didn’t do what we would … judging her. […]
September 17, 2014

Help moms and infants with 100,000 diapers

(Larry’s column appeared in the Sept. 16 edition of the Denver Catholic Register) One of the greatest needs we have at Catholic Charities — at the five Gabriel Houses that serve new moms and on the family floors of our shelters — is diapers. So we have launched a drive to gather 100,000 diapers for newborns and infants by the end of October. We’re at nearly […]
September 15, 2014

St. Rose of Lima 5th Graders Visit Catholic Charities Immigration Services

On a Spring day in May of this year, more than 20 students, their teacher and their chaperones filed through the doors of Catholic Charities in Denver to take a tour of the Immigration Services Department and to engage in one final discussion about immigration, human rights and the services being offered by Catholic Charities, in order to understand some of the real-world ways these issues […]
September 10, 2014

‘It’s still not over’

FLOOD VICTIMS FIND SOLACE, ONGOING RECOVERY YEAR AFTER DEVASTATION When the rain falls down around his home, Joe Montez can’t sleep. A year ago when it rained, rivers swelled and flash floods swept the Front Range region ravaging homes and displacing thousands, including Montez and his family. Without warning, 6-foot-high waves of water from the Platte River deluged their Weld County property on Country Road 52 […]
August 13, 2014
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Making a gift of your life

(Larry’s column appeared in the Aug. 13th edition of the Denver Catholic Register) Look to the Middle East and so many of our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ are fighting for their way of life, their faith and even their lives. Christians across the globe are being persecuted and tortured just because they believe in Jesus Christ. What can we do? “First, we need to […]
July 21, 2014

In Response to the Child Refugee Crisis on our Southern Border

“In this humanitarian crisis, let us not forget that these immigrant families and children are human beings. They are children of God and must be treated with dignity and respect, care and compassion.” (Sister Norma Pimentel, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, San Juan, Texas.) Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver is working with other Catholic Charities agencies to help address the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied […]