PARISH TIMELINE

Parish Highlights

  • 1971 – Mission South East founded by Rev. Fred McCallin
  • 1971 – First Mass is held Feb. 13 at Walnut Hills Elementary School
  • 1971 – First Seminarian Chris Concklin assigned to STM
  • 1972- Canonical Erection of Mission South East as St. Thomas More Parish
  • 1972 – Rev. Fred McCallin appointed founding pastor by Archbishop James V. Casey
  • 1972 – STM purchased 40 acres of property
  • 1972 – First Pastoral Council is formed
  • 1972 – First Class of First Communion, April 9
  • 1973 – Construction of Community Center
  • 1974 – Center opens for worship on Christmas Day
  • 1975 – Stations of the Cross are purchased
  • 1975 – Rev. John Trimbur assigned to STM
  • 1976 – 538 families registered in parish roster
  • 1976 – Sister Mariellen Phelps, O.P. comes to STM
  • 1976 – 1100 children enrolled in Religious Education
  • 1976 – First Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist mandated
  • 1977 – Rev. Matthew Lehn assigned to STM
  • 1978 – Rev. Ken Leone assigned to STM
  • 1979 – First course on documents of Vatican II offered
  • 1979 – Deacon Grover Cleveland assigned to STM
  • 1979 – Padre Restaurant offered full service
  • 1981 – 1750 students enrolled in Religious Education
  • 1981 – Construction of Worship Center begins
  • 1982 – Rev. Thomas Mosher assigned to STM
  • 1982 – Sister Iris Dupprez, OSM, comes to STM
  • 1982 – Cadillac Dinner/Raffle begins
  • 1983 – Mass of Dedication of Worship Center, June 21
  • 1983 – Rev. John McCormack assigned to STM
  • 1984 – Godparent Program, Peer Ministry and Mother’s Day Out begin
  • 1984 – RENEW starts in the Fall
  • 1984 – Paul Grimm ordained as deacon and assigned to STM
  • 1985 – Rev. Don Willett assigned to STM
  • 1985 – Vacation Bible School begins
  • 1986 – Rev. James Brennan assigned to STM
  • 1986 – Chalice Choir is formed
  • 1987 – Welcome Mass for Archbishop J. Francis Stafford
  • 1987 – Rev. Francis Gerber assigned to STM
  • 1987 – RCIA begins
  • 1987 – Deacon Ron Ansay assigned to STM
  • 1988 – Dedication of Youth Center
  • 1988 – Evangelization training begins
  • 1988 – Rev. Michael A. Walsh assigned to STM as second pastor
  • 1989 – Archbishop Stafford makes his first pastoral visit to STM
  • 1989 – Rev. Tom Allender directs parish mission, thousands attend
  • 1989 – First blessing of animals
  • 1989 – Deacon Gary Rogge assigned to STM
  • 1989 – First 5K Race for homeless children of Brazil
  • 1989 – Rev. Michael Pavlakovik assigned to STM
  • 1990 – Rev. Herman Jayachandra and Rev. Donald Cunningham assigned to STM
  • 1990 – Helping Hands is formed
  • 1990 – Hailstorm hits STM
  • 1990 – Mark Salvato ordained as deacon
  • 1991 – STM 20th anniversary
  • 1991 – Remodeling of sanctuary completed
  • 1991 – New baptistry is purchased
  • 1991 – Deacon Henry Baker assigned to STM
  • 1991 – Stewardship as a way of life introduced
  • 1991 – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursdays begins
  • 1991 – STM receives Archbishop’s approval for Evangelization-Education Center
  • 1992 – Rev. Robert Ohrlich assigned to STM
  • 1992 – Groundbreaking and blessing of Evangelization Center
  • 1993 – Rev. Michael A. Walsh celebrates 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood
  • 1993 – Cornerstone for Evangelization Center installed
  • 1993 – Dedication of Chapel for perpetual adoration
  • 1993 – STM hosts 2300 French delegates for World Youth Day
  • 1993 – Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger blesses new Oratroy of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 1993 – STM sends missionaries to Russia
  • 1993 – Rev. Herman Jayachandra celebrates 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood
  • 1994 – Archbisshop Stafford blesses Evangelization Center
  • 1994 – STM Catholic School opens doors for first school year for grade K through 6
  • 1994 – Deacon Mark Salvato assigned to STM
  • 1994 – Patrick Weis ordained to the priesthood
  • 1995 – STM youth travel to the Philippines for World Youth Day
  • 1995 – Rev. John McGinn assigned to STM
  • 1995 – Bill Muhm ordained to the priesthood
  • 1996 – STM celebrates25th anniversary of the parish
  • 1996 – Steve Baird, S.J.,ordained to the priesthood
  • 1997 – Archbishop J. Francis Stafford becomes a Cardinal, goes to Rome
  • 1997 – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput installed as Archbishop of Denver
  • 1997 – Parish commission statue of patron saint
  • 1997 – STM sees first graduates of Parish School, May 27, 1997
  • 1997 – Sister Phyllis Heble, N.D., comes to STM
  • 1998 – Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Statue visits STM
  • 1998 – Building expansion plans for Evangelization Center continue
  • 1998 – Religious Education children begins “Pennies from Heaven” Campaign to fund a church renovation in Panukulan, Quezon, in the Philippines
  • 1999 – STM saddened by death of founding pastor, the Rev. Fred MccCallin
  • 1999 – Francie Gundzik, business manager, and Jan Dennehy, parish secretary, celebrate 20 years at STM
  • 1999 – Parish School receives accreditation from the North Central Assocaiton of Colleges and Schools
  • 1999 – STM breaks ground for Building Expansion
  • 1999 – Rev. Kent Drotar assigned to STM
  • 1999 – Rev. Martin Whealen, S.J., assigned to STM
  • 1999 – Tom Bush ordained to the priesthood
  • 2000 – STM students welcome Gov. Bill Owens and Archbishop Chaput
  • 2000 – Staff and Parishioners say goodbye to pastor, the Rev. Michael A. Walsh
  • 2000 – Rev. Andrew Kemberling assigned to STM as administrator
  • 2000 – Rev. James Spahn assigned to STM
  • 2000 – Tim Kenny, Tim Kilbarger, John Neal and Steve Stemper ordained as deacons
  • 2000 – Archbishop Chaput blesses the expansion of the Evangelization Center
  • 2000 – Deacon Steve Stemper assigend to STM
  • 2001 – STM Church History and Photo Director published
  • 2001 – Cloister Cove Religious and Gift Shoppe expanded
  • 2001 – Parish’s 30th Anniversary
  • 2001 – Rev. John McGinn retires
  • 2001 – Ed and Kelly Contreras celebrate 20 years of service at STM
  • 2001 – CHALICE celebrates 20 years of service
  • 2001 – Francie Gundzik, business manager, retires after 22 years of service
  • 2001 – Robert Wedow ordained to the priesthood
  • 2001 – Clergy and Religious Appreciation Day introduced to STM
  • 2002 – Rev. Andrew Kemberling installed as pastor (after incardination)
  • 2002 – Catacombs (Middle School Center) blessed and opened
  • 2002 – Archbishop Chaput celebrates Mass at STM for the 36th Annual Metro Denver Clergy Appreciiation
  • 2002 – Filipino Carmelite Bishop Julio Labayen visits STM and receives $2,000 check from the childrne’s “Pennies from Heaven” Campaign
  • 2002 – Parishioner Neil Connor enters Capuchin Franciscan order
  • 2002 – TEC (Teens Encounter with Christ) retreat comes to STM
  • 2002 – Farewell to Rev. James Spahn after two years
  • 2002 – Rev. John Paul Leyba assigned to STM
  • 2002 – Mila Glodava introduced stewardship to the Prelature of Infanta
  • 2002 – STM Preschool opens with Pat Olmsted as director
  • 2002 – Rev. Stan Fortuna directs parish mission
  • 2002 – “Upon this Rock Youth Rally’ with 1,000 youth from all over Colorado
  • 2003 – STM promotes stewardship in the Philippines, the Archdiocese of Denver and beyond
  • 2003 -10th Anniversary of Perpetual Adoration Chapel
  • 2003 – Building Renovation Project plans initiated
  • 2003 – Parishioners Bob Cropp and Gerry Martinez ordained as deacons
  • 2003 – Deacons Bob Cropp and Tim Kenny assigned to STM
  • 2003 – Father Andrew and Mila Glodava introduce Stewardship as a way of life in the Philippine Church
  • 2003 – Stewardship Conference at STM with delegates from four dioceses
  • 2003 – Matthew Garofalo, Mark DePuydt, Timothy and Wescott White ordained to the priesthood
  • 2004 – Stephen Ministry began
  • 2004 – Rev. John Corapi gives conference at STM
  • 2004 – STM’s Knights of Columbus Council #10205 names #1 Council in State of Colorado
  • 2004 – STM’s “Go and Make Disciples” video receives the Aurora Gold Award
  • 2005 – Rev. John Paul completed his ministry at STM
  • 2005 – Ceili Rain high energy concert comes to STM
  • 2005 – Pope John II died
  • 2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger installed as Pope Benedict XVI
  • 2005 – Follow-up Stewardship Seminars in the Philippines including one for entire Catholic Bishops Conference.
  • 2005 – Parishioners Bob Gregorius and Alan Rastrelli, M.D.,ordained as deacons.
  • 2005 – Deacon Alan Rastrelli, M.D. assigned to STM
  • 2005 – STM receivesfirst place awards for Excellence in Materials for Parish Stewardship and honorable mention for the Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Award from the International Catholic Stewardship Council
  • 2005 – Father Andrew Kemberling and Mila Glodava presented the STM Stewardship program to the entire Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines
  • 2006 – Rev. Marcus Mallick assigned to STM (Jan. 2005)
  • “Our Jubilee Vision” Capital Fund Campaign begins
  • 2006 – “Our Jubilee Vision” Capital Fund Campaign materials receives honorable mention award from the International Catholic Stewardship Council
  • 2006 – Father Andrew and Mila Glodava presented at a Clergy Retreat and Conference for the Second Southern Luzon Tagalog Region 9SOLTARE II), with Father Andrew giving the first ever teleconference between Denver and Lucena City to around 400 clergy and bishops
  • 2006 – Stewardship parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver form “A League of Stewardship Parishes”
  • 2007 – STM welcomes new Director of Liturgy, Jeff McGarrity
  • 2007 – That Man is You! comes to STM
  • 2007 – Jere Allen celebrates 20 years at STM
  • 2007 – Jim Beckman, guest speaker at Prayer Rally
  • 2007 – Indonesian Catholic Community hosts Prayer Rally with Indonesian Cuisine
  • 2007 – Ronny O’Dwyer professes Jesuit vows
  • 2007 – ENDOW (Educating on the Dignity of Women comes to STM
  • 2007 – STM breaks ground to renovatechurch and build a new Adoration Chapel
  • 2007 – Rev. Martin Whealen, S.J. celebrates 45 years
  • 2007 – Women of Grace starts at STM
  • 2007 – John and Barb Monark gave lay witness talk on Stewardship of Treasure
  • 2008 – New Jubilee Campaign leaders come forward
  • 2008 – First Mass at newly renovated church (May 30)
  • 2008 – Mass of Dedication (Sept. 14)
  • 2008 – Rev. Marcus Mallick goes to Sacred Heart of Mary in Boulder
  • 2008 – Rev. Martin Whealen, S.J., retires
  • 2008 – Jericho Jog 5K Run returns to STM
  • 2008 – Wayne and Neice Wolberg gave lay witness talk on Juiblee Building Campaign
  • 2008 – Renee Kuntz, Family Program coordinator,and famiy said goodbye. move to San Antonio, TX
  • 2008 – Student Council donates St. Francis Statue and Prayer Garden
  • 2008 – Rev. Marlon Rodrigues, O.C.D., Assigned to STM as parochial vicar (August)
  • 2008 – Dedication of St. Francis of Assisi Prayer Garden donated by the STM Parish School Student Council; Very Rev. Andrew Kemberling, presiding; Most Rev. Rolando Tria Tirona, O.C.D., D.D.¬†concelebrating
  • 2009 – Katie Polakovic, STM Catholic alumnus,¬† joined the religious order of Sisters of Mercy taking the name of Kathryn Anne
  • 2009 – Claudia Congilia McAdam, author of children’s books, awarded a prize for her most recent juvenile fiction, Awakening
  • 2009 – Father Andrew Kemberling and Mila Glodava authored Making Stewardship a Way of Life
  • 2009 – Final stewardship mission trip to the Philippines by Father Andrew Kemberling, Mila Glodava, Sharon Hueckel, Phil and Irene Lindemer
  • 2009 – Marriage Ministry hosted Phil Lenahan, author of 7 Steps to Financial Freedom workshop
  • 2009 – Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Virgin Statue visited STM
  • 2009 – STM hosts National Catholic Bible Conference
  • 2009 – New parish website launched in October
  • 2010 – Mike Rapp, STM Catholic alumnus, ordained May 15
  • 2010 – David Nix, STM parishioner, ordained May 15
  • 2010 – John Green and Jose Quera of the Neocatechumenal Way ordained May 15
  • 2010 – Sister Phyllis Heble retired
  • 2010 – Rev. John Green and Rev. John Paul Leyba assigned to STM
  • 2010 – Patrick Reidy, CSC made his first profession of vows
  • STM hosts National Catholic Bible Conference
  • 2014 -Msgr Fryar becomes pastor.

Where it all began