ANSWERING THE CALL OF JESUS, TO BE FULLY ALIVE IN THE FAITH AND TO IMITATE HIS LIFE
I grew up in Indiana ( a Hoosier) and moved to Wheat Ridge in 1995. I am a mother of 6 children (3 who attend SPPS and 3 have graduated from SPPS). Dennis and I have been married for 25 years this September. I have been a parishioner of SPP for 20+ years and am a Catholic Daughter, choir member, schedule the altar servers and currently serve you in the parish office as the Administration Assistant.
One of my favorite things to do is serve and help people. Whether it’s God, my family, my friends, volunteering at the school or parish, I love to serve. So, when God called and gave me the opportunity to serve the people of Sts. Peter and Paul, I said, “Yes!” I am thrilled and blessed to be a part of this amazing community of priests, parishioners, sisters and church staff. My husband, TK and I, and our four children have been a part of the school and parish going on 14 years. I’m a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Psychology, and am a graduate of the Denver Catholic Biblical School. I look forward to seeing God’s goodness in the wonderful Ministries of Sts. Peter and Paul!
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Jerry & Mary Bryant are long time members of Sts. Peter & Paul, directing Extraordinary Ministry to the homebound along with 33 volunteer Extraordinary Ministers. They will be coordinating the Visitation Ministry Program
Susan Olson Kullman hails from Chicago, IL, where she received her Undergraduate degree in Music Education from DePaul University in 2001. Following graduation, Susan was hired to teach general music and guitar classes at Old Orchard Junior High School in Skokie, IL. In 2002, Susan moved to Denver, Colorado and taught Vocal Music and Drama for three years at Bruce Randolph Middle School. Since 2005, Susan has been the Director of Choral Activities at Boulder High School, and in 2010 received her Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado in Choral Conducting and Music Education. Susan sang as Head Cantor at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Denver, with the Colorado Conductor’s Chorus, with the Boulder Bach Festival for the last 10 years. Currently she is teaching and working as the Director of Music at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and School, and singing with Voices of Light, a professional 16 voice choir. She has two beautiful children who are wonderfully supportive. In her free time, Susan loves to hike, bike, run, and do anything active in this great state of Colorado.
The opportunity to serve God and the SPP community provided a perfect landing for me. With ministry experience over time in music, youth, teaching, as Eucharistic Minister, as Sacristan, and Arts and Environment (indoors and outside), God has lead me to this warm and caring community in which to use my “packet” of knowledge as well as where to learn new things and ways to serve. When you know that spiritual tugging on your heart comes from God, it’s always a good idea to answer Him…and so I have. I am blessed.
Karin is the second youngest child of Rod and Charmie Kirby. She grew up in the Denver area attending Ballet Denver Academy from 1995 until
the Academy closed in 2007. She received the Ballet Denver Academy Dance Scholarship under the instruction of Rieke Love in 2004 through 2007.
She attended Arrupe Jesuit High School and graduated having gained experience working at Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, CH2M Hill Engineering Firm, Davis Graham and Stubbs, LLC and Campbell, Killin, Brittan and Ray. LLC. In 2008, Karin was awarded the Arrupe Role Model Full Scholarship to attend Regis University. During her time at
Regis, she worked as a Financial Aid and Scholarship Campaign Fundraiser for the University as well as the Youth Minister for Sts. Peter and Paul Church. During her summers, she would assist Arrupe Jesuit High School’s Corporate Work Study office as an assistant to Student Occupation by providing high school students with advice and guidance related to professional development skills
such as resumes and job interviews.
Karin learned her passions lied in working for non-profit institutions and she began volunteering as a Coordinator of GED and
Job Readiness Training for the Empowerment Program for Women, INC. in Denver. In assisting women to receive their high school equivalencies and guiding them with resumes, cover letters and job application, Karin was able to encourage and motivate women with criminal histories to work through and rise above challenges. Karin became an Addiction Counselor as Arapahoe House Detoxification Center in 2012 treating clients with alcohol and narcotic substance abuse addictions. She graduated Regis University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and minors in Psychology and Women’s Studies.
In 2013, Karin was elected the first Regent of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Sts. Peter and Paul #2669 and she currently holds that position for the local court. She is also the Treasurer for Mile-Hi Optimist Club of Denver (Optimist International), a local 501(c)3 organization that has been active since 1916.
Tello is a husband and father of two. His son is
actively serving in the U.S. Marines and daughter
is a student at Sts. Peter and Paul School. He has
brought much to the parish in his love of faith.
He deeply takes on each task as a "labor of love."
Magdalena is a wife and mother of two. She has
been a parishioner since 2001. Her children are
presently attending Machebeuf Catholic High
and Sts. Peter & Paul School. Magdalena cares
for the church as if it were her home. Her love
shines in all that she does maintaining the
churches "immaculate" environment.
He was accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Denver and attended St. Thomas Seminary. He completed his philosophical and theological studies and served as a deacon at St. Anthony’s in Sterling and St. Joseph’s in Ft. Collins.
Fr. Jim was ordained on 8 December 1973 at St. Joseph’s Church in Ft. Collins. He was then assigned to St. John the Baptist’s Church in Longmont. He served there for three years and was responsible for procuring and operating a facility for the parish’s teens. He was the chaplain and director of the state’s largest Catholic Youth Organization.
Fr. Jim was next assigned to serve as a campus chaplain at the University of Colorado, where he pursued a Masters in Philosophy. He was then permitted to accept a commission as a Chaplain, First Lieutenant in the Air Force. He served at K.I. Sawyer in Michigan, the remote sites in Alaska, Chanute AFB in Illinois, Misawa AB, Japan, Lowry AFB in Colorado, Randolph AFB in Texas, Clark in the Philippines, Mc Clellan AFB in California, Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Langely AFB, Virginia, and Nellis AFB, Nevada (the home of the Thunderbirds). Fr. ReVello attained the rank of full Colonel in 1993 and retired honorably in 2002.
Desiring to grow closer to the Blessed Trinity, he attended the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where he discovered God calling him to be a priest.
After receiving a BA in Theology in 1995, Bishop Manuel Moreno, who was then the Bishop of Tucson, asked him to study at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, California. After earning an MA in systematic theology as well as the Masters in Divinity, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tucson in 1999.
Father Thuerauf has been graced with a love Jesus's presence in the Eucharist, a profound respect for the Holy Father and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Archbishop Chaput's pastoral letter on the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of Humanae Vitae and the Lord's blessings upon St. John Vianney Seminary are indicators of the power with which the Gospel is being preached here in northern Colorado.
This bold proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ attracted Father
Thuerauf to the Archdiocese of Denver in 2003. His first assignment there was as parochial vicar for Saint John the Evangelist Church in Loveland.
After serving the Church both on the western
slope of the Rocky Mountains and on the eastern plains of Colorado, Father now serves as pastor at a Denver Metro Parish. He says, "Serving Saints Peter and Paul Parish is fantastic! I've got to be the most blessed man on the planet."
Fr. Jim is the eldest of Socorro and James ReVello,
Sr.’s four sons. Fr. Jim was born in Trinidad,
Colorado and attended Santa Fe Grade School
before his father accepted employment in
Father Jason Thuerauf is a farm boy that became a priest. Born in Iowa, he spent many years on a farm in Arizona. He attended a Franciscan University Youth Conference in 1991 which changed his life.
In various ministries of the Church with our time, talent, and resources of all kinds, we live our Catholic faith. Whether putting a little extra touch on the meal prepared for our family, fixing a little extra food for the bereaved family or ill neighbor, helping someone fix a flat tire, teaching religious education classes or whatever we do that benefits another, we do for what He wants and in return we are blessed beyond measure. God cannot be outdone in generosity.
God has given special gifts and natural abilities to each of us- to build his kingdom on earth, and to carry out the message of the gospel. "You are the light of the world. Your light must shine before men so that they may see goodness in your acts and give praise to your heavenly Father." (Matthew 5:16) Sts. Peter and Paul parishioners do indeed let their light shine.
"For 50 years, Saints Peter and Paul Parish has been a witness to Christ's love alive in people's heart. Over the past half century, thousands of families have drawn strength, encouragement, hope, joy, and solace from the presence of God within its church walls."
~ Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.F. Cap.
The four-acre site for Saints Peter and Paul Parish was acquired June 1, 1948, for $1,600 per acre, a price that represented a gift of up to $10,000 at the prevailing prices of that time. Reverend Robert G. McMahon was appointed the first pastor on June 30, 1949. June 29 is the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul and the anniversary of the establishment of the parish.
At the time the parish began, it had $300 in the bank and 120 Catholic families within its boundaries. The first Mass on October 2, 1949, in the temporary church set up in a store on West 38th Avenue. A church and rectory were planned.
On September 19, 1950, Archbishop Urban J. Vehr dedicated the parish's first church, furnished with folding chairs and kneelers made of two-by-four inch planks on cement blocks. Enthusiastic parishioners arose at 4:00 a.m. to plant a thousand blooming gladiolas in the bare earth surround the construction site referred to as "Father McMahon's miracle."
In March, 1954, the Altar and Rosary Society initiated fundraising for a school. with a donation of $500. Parishioners began holding social events. In September 1955, Sts. Peter and Paul School opened, a modern $150.000 structure containing four classrooms, a gymnasium/ auditorium, and a teacher's lounge. A home at 4040 Pierce Street was acquired, and remodeled by volunteer help, to be a convent for three Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, who opened the school with 138 children.
By the 10th anniversary of the parish in 1959, improvements were made to sit 600, a rectory, a new convent under construction, 12 sisters, 500 students, plans for either more classrooms, and 800 families.
In 1967, (assigned by Archbishop Casey ) Father John Imesh, a Swiss-born member of the Bethlehem fathers was our new assistant pastor.
On the 20th anniversary of the parish in 1969, the parish "burned its mortgage" at a party celebrating the debt-free status of its million-dollar facility. By the 25th anniversary of the parish, both the church and school had been expanded, the convent finished and 849 children had graduated from the school, 1,253 persons had been baptized, more than 496 couples married and 1,931 people confirmed.
On December 30, 1979, we mourned the death of our beloved pastor of 30 years. Father McMahon's pastorate left a legacy of spiritual benefits beyond measure as he and his flock worked to meet the needs of the growing community.
Saints Peter and Paul Parish answers the call of Jesus Christ to be fully alive in the faith and to imitate His life. Just as Jesus gave us the example of service in His own life; we understand that we are called to serve him, by serving one another.