|Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley, S.T.L, of the Archdiocese of Denver, with local Challenge girls.|
June 6, 2009. Denver, CO. Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley,
S.T.L, of the Archdiocese of Denver, recently joined local Challenge
girls and their families for a BBQ and movie night
in Denver, CO.
Some members of Challenge, a Catholic
leadership club for girls, had learned that the Bishop had
never seen “Karol: The Man Who Became Pope,” and invited
him to join them for movie night. Eight Challenge team
leaders, high school girls from various schools who serve as
leaders for the middle school girls in Challenge, and their
families welcomed the Bishop with their favorite cheer, Yo soy!
Quien? Amiga de Bishop! (“I am! Who? A friend of
the Bishop!”), making him smile even before he came through
the front door.
While enjoying a BBQ on the back
porch, the Bishop and teens discussed many things, including apostolic
projects, how to discern a vocation (noting the importance of
prayer), the Holy Father and the Eternal City (one of
the team leaders will be a missionary this summer in
Rome), as well as stories of the saints, like St.
Agnes and St. John Vianney.
When the teens asked about
more ways they could help serve the Church in Denver,
Bishop Conley explained all about the upcoming Year for Priests,
noting the centrality of the Eucharist and the essential role
of the priesthood. He invited the Challenge girls in Colorado
to respond enthusiastically in supporting the priesthood and specifically the
priests they know, encouraging them to write notes of gratitude
and to offer spiritual bouquets. He asked for their continued
prayers for priests.
Following dessert, everyone gathered to watch “Karol: The
Man who Became Pope,” the first of a two-part series
on the life of Pope John Paul II. All present
were moved by this powerful depiction of the early life
of such a holy, great man.
Bishop Conley, who spent
10 years in Rome as an official in the Vatican
Congregation for Bishops, was flooded with many fond memories of
Pope John Paul II, whom he had seen almost weekly.
He shared a personal story about his parents’ meeting with
Pope John Paul II in Rome several years ago, making
The evening was a powerful witness to the
beauty of the Church – teens, parents, the Bishop –
both laity and clergy gathered together to celebrate the powerful
example of those who have “fought the good fight” and
to find ways to make that legacy live on.