#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.
Julie Penrose’s faith was a well-known element of her life and philanthropic activity, and in 1952 El Pomar Foundation made seven grants to parishes throughout the Front Range. Among these were grants to Mount Carmel Church in Pueblo for the purchase of a school bus, to St. Mary’s Church in Colorado Springs for maintenance of the Hammond organ, and to Sacred Heart Church in Old Colorado City.
Sacred Heart Church (Tri-Community)
On the surface, it may not seem that the Pikes Peak region has much in common with the French Revolution, but three chapels nestled in the foothills suggest otherwise. The Tri-Community is a group of three Catholic parishes located in Old Colorado City (Sacred Heart Church), Cascade (Holy Rosary Chapel), and Manitou Springs (Our Lady of Perpetual Help) that are operated by the Congregation of Holy Cross, a religious order born in Le Mans, France in the early nineteenth century.
Father Basil Moreau grew up in the midst of the French Revolution, and formed the Brothers of St. Joseph in 1820 to spread the Catholic faith among French worshipers that had been forced into exile during the Revolution. Fr. Moreau’s order became the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1837, and later spread throughout the world. The Order has made a significant impact in North America. Today, the Congregation of Holy Cross operates the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, as well as the Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal, a popular landmark in Montreal, Canada.
In Colorado, the Congregation of Holy Cross operates the Tri-Community, as well as a formation house for priests in Cascade, recognizable for its cobblestone-walled driveway off of Highway 24. Nearly every Holy Cross priest based in the U.S. spends part of his discernment period there, ministering to the Tri-Community parishes.
El Pomar in 1952:
In 1952, El Pomar Foundation made 56 grants to 34 organizations for a total impact of $533,000. The largest recipients were Fountain Valley School, Glockner Hospital, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado College, and St. Mary’s Church.
Images from: http://www.tricommunity.org/
Spotlight by Matt Nuñez