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April 15, 2009
Priests of the archdiocese celebrate 50-year jubilees
By Denver Catholic Register
This year, several priests in the Archdiocese of Denver are celebrating 50 years of priesthood. They were honored last week at the annual chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
Father Joseph Carbone, O.S.M.
A Denver native, Father Joseph Carbone was ordained a priest of the Order of the Servants of Mary on March 30, 1959. After three assignments as parochial vicar, he was made pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Chicago, then St. Mary Parish in Belen, N.M. Returning to Denver, he served as pastor first at Mount Carmel Parish in Denver then Assumption Parish in Welby. He is currently a retired friar and in residence at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Priory.
Father Dorino DeLazzer
Born in Fonzaso, Italy, Father Dorino DeLazzer was ordained in Rome on June 5, 1959, and incardinated into the Archdiocese of Denver in 1978. His first years of service to the people of Denver were spent in various assignments as parochial vicar. As pastor he has served at All Saints Parish, Denver; St. Mary Parish, Greeley; St. Michael Parish, Aurora; and Sacred Heart of Mary Parish, Boulder.
Father Mark Franceschini, O.S.M.
Originally from Chicago, Father Mark Franceschini was ordained in Rome on March 30, 1959. After various assignments as parochial vicar in the Chicago and Denver areas, he was appointed pastor of St. Catherine Parish in Derby, the predecessor parish of Our Lady Mother of the Church in Commerce City. He also served as pastor of St. Marie Du Lac Parish in Ironton, Mo., and St. Joseph Parish in Fountain, Colo. Father Franceschini has also served in Servite missions in Swaziland and South Africa. Currently he is a retired friar and in residence at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.
Msgr. Leo Horrigan
A native of Shenandoah, Iowa, Msgr. Leo Horrigan studied at Regis College and St. Thomas Seminary in Denver before being ordained in Rome on Dec. 20, 1959. He has distinguished himself with priestly service as the parochial vicar at four parishes in the Colorado Springs and Denver areas. His first pastorate was at Ascension Parish in Montbello, followed by assignments at St. Philomena and Blessed Sacrament parishes in Denver. He is currently pastor at Notre Dame Church in Denver. He was also appointed the first vicar for priests and first director of the permanent deaconate program by then Archbishop James V. Casey.
Father Thomas McCormick
Father Thomas McCormick was ordained a priest on May 19, 1959, in Rome and incardinated into the Archdiocese of Denver in 1971. His pastorates in this archdiocese have included Blessed John XXIII Parish in Fort Collins, Our Lady Mother of the Church in Commerce City, St. Mary of the Crown in Carbondale and St. Vincent in Basalt. He helped create the Archdiocese of Denver’s mission ministry and served in her missions in Monteria, Columbia, and Hermosillo, Mexico.
Father Bernard Meyer
Father Bernard Meyer was ordained on May 23, 1959, for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. After serving as parochial vicar for three parishes in his native diocese, he was made pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish in Marine, Ill. The majority of Father Meyer’s ministry has been to the sick, serving as director of pastoral care at St. Vincent Hospital in Taylorville, Ill., St. Mary Hospital in Galveston, Texas, and as chaplain in spiritual services at St. John Hospital in Houston. He also served as associate director of field education at the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis.