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The Latest: Former slave considered for sainthood

DENVER – The Latest on a campaign to have a former Denver slave a Catholic saint (all times are local):

12:10 pm

Denver’s Catholic archdiocese is a campaign for holiness, for a former slave known for her service to the neighbors.

A Mass was held on Sunday in the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception where Julia Greeley was declared a Servant of God.

Greeley was born into slavery in Missouri, in the middle of the 1800s and came to Colorado around 1880. She worked as a housekeeper for the first territorial governor of Colorado, William Gilpin, and was known for her charity work.

Greeley is one of the four people that the U.S. bishops voted to allow to be examined for possible sainthood in their fall meeting.

The first step in the process is the collection of testimony and documentation about her life. A report will be sent to the Vatican, which will decide whether or not you want to continue.

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Denver’s Catholic archdiocese is studying the question of whether a former slave known for her service to her neighbors must be named as a saint.

A Mass on Sunday in the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception formally open the canonization process for Julia Greeley.

Greeley was born into slavery in Missouri, in the middle of the 1800s and came to Colorado around 1880. She worked as a housekeeper for the first territorial governor of Colorado, William Gilpin, and later became known for her charity work.

Greeley is one of the four people that the U.S. bishops voted to allow to be examined for possible sainthood in their fall meeting.

The first step in the process is the collection of testimony and documentation about her life. A report will be sent to the Vatican, which will decide whether or not you want to continue.

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