Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila will be the main celebrant at the 8:30 A.M. Mass on December 18, 2016 for the Cause for Beatification of Julia Greeley.

Julia Greeley was born into slavery in Hannibal, Missouri, sometime between 1838-1848. At an early age, she suffered at the hands of a slave owner, who destroyed her right eye while beating her mother. She was freed by President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and entered the Catholic Church while in Colorado, receiving the sacrament of baptism in 1880. As a lay Franciscan, closely affiliated with the Jesuits at her parish, she was actively involved in promoting the faith and devotion to the Sacred Heart. She became known by her acts of charity and mercy to those living on the margins of society, in spite of living in extreme poverty herself. Greeley died in 1918. (Source: USCCB)

Everyone is invited to this important event for the Archdiocese of Denver.