FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2019
Denver, CO –The Very Rev. James V. Marchionda, O.P., Provincial of the Dominican friars Province of St. Albert the Great, announced Sunday the friars will construct a new priory in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood. After 24-months of pre-construction planning, Fr. Marchionda led guests in an historic groundbreaking on Sunday, May 5th, in the courtyard of the St. Dominic Catholic Church Parish Center, 29th and Grove, in Denver. Benefactors, contractors, parishioners, friars, and neighbors joined in this celebration. Among those in attendance were Tania Salgado and Tom Wuertz of Denver’s Handprint Architecture and Gene Hodge and Clay Benson of M. A. Mortenson Construction, collaborators with the friars on this project.
The Central Province Novitiate, where young men spend a year exploring religious life as Dominicans, has been housed on the second floor of the St. Dominic Parish Center for 40 years. Professed friars have lived a block away in the priory adjacent to St. Dominic Church even longer. That will soon change.
“As we construct the new Priory and envision our novices and professed friars under one roof, we will continue to focus on the building and especially on the teaching, learning, prayer life, and community that will occur inside,” said Fr. Marchionda. Mr. Ray Baker, co-founder of Denver’s Gold Crown Foundation, provided remarks as well, joining presenters during the groundbreaking on a beautiful, sunny Denver afternoon, witnessed by nearly 100 people on this historic occasion.
When the Priory is completed in late spring 2020, it will be able to house as many as 12 novices and all the friars who work at St. Dominic Parish and other ministries throughout the Archdiocese of Denver. The current Priory at St. Dominic Parish will become the Parish Center following the move. “We will be doing in this new St. Dominic Priory what we have always done: forming future preachers, mentored by men who have lived the life, just as St. Dominic inspired us to do more than 800 years ago.” said Fr. Andrew Carl Wisdom, O.P., Provincial Vicar for Mission Advancement.
About the Dominican Central Province
The Dominican Central Province, formally known as the Province of St. Albert the Great, USA, is made up of nearly 140 friars. These friars communicate the Word of God through preaching, theological education and the promotion of justice and peace. Members of the Province, headquartered in Chicago, serve ministries throughout the central United States, including in the Archdiocese of Denver.
Contacts for Further Information
To learn more about the construction of St. Dominic Priory or the Dominican friars, please contact: Rev. David Wright, O.P., Prior, St. Dominic Priory, 3005 W. 29th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211, 303-455-3614
x 305 or Rev. Andrew Carl Wisdom, O.P., Vicar for Mission Advancement, St. Dominic Priory, 3005 W. 29th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211, 312-401-0663.
Photos of the Groundbreaking
Please contact Mr. Robert Dixon, Central Province Executive Director of Mission Advancement, for photos of the event. Mr. Dixon can be reached at email@example.com or 312-243-0011.