A Rocky Mountain High, Mark Shea, and Christian Community Print
Written by Sherry   
Friday, 23 March 2007 09:05
Admit it. You dread those humidity saturated dog days of August ahead of you. You know that you keep dreaming of a vacation in the mountains. This is the year to make it happen. Plan a refreshing late summer/Labor Day vacation in Colorado and begin it by attending two one-of-a-kind events in Colorado Springs. On Thursday, August 30, the Catherine of Siena Institute will be sponsoring An Evening With Mark Shea from 7 - 9pm. This free, informal gathering will feature Mark speaking on "The Care and Feeding of Lay Apostles", a question and answer time, and a reception where you can get to hobnob with Mark. We are firming up the location now and will let you know when we are sure where it will be held. Mark is a wonderful speaker and jolly, gregarious soul who delights to meet and talk about the faith with all comers. Then, on Friday, August 31, (the day before Labor Day Weekend) the Institute is sponsoring a day long gathering on the subject of Building Intentional Christian Community. So many of us long for real fellowship and support with other devoted Catholics, but don't know where to find it. The good news is that we don't have to wait for someone else to provide opportunities for fellowship. We can take the initiative to nurture Catholic community, now, in our communities. We will be drawing upon some of our experiences with the Nameless Lay Group in Seattle as well those of parishes and groups around the country. And there will be plenty of time to hear your ideas and experiences as well.

We will be spending the day (9 am – 4 pm) together at the stunningly beautiful Penrose House at the base of Cheyenne Mountain (lunch will be provided) and then end the day (starting at 6 pm) with an evening barbeque at a nearby city park.

This will be your chance to get to know some of our ID team (Sherry W, Fr. Mike, the other Sherry, Kathie Lundquist, etc.). In addition, Mark Shea and his family will also be joining in the festivities!

To cover the cost of lunch and dinner and the other expenses of putting this day on, we are asking for a donation of $40/per participant for the whole day.

The day gathering at the Penrose House is an adult only event as there are no child care facilities on the grounds. The Institute cannot provide child-care.

The evening barbecue would work well for families. Cost for adults and teenagers to attend the barbecue only is $20 and for children under 12 to attend the barbecue only would be $10.

If you are interested in either or both events, please call Mike Dillon in our office at 888 878 6789 or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We do need you to pre-register for the day on Building Christian Community by August 1 so we know how many to plan for. Let us know as early as possible since our meeting space, the old Coach house, can only hold a certain number.


Colorado Springs has a small, attractive airport although you can also drive down from Denver international Airport which is about 1 ½ hours away via freeway.

Rental cars at the Colorado Springs airport and local hotels are relatively inexpensive. Mike Dillon in our office can recommend inexpensive local hotels if you need them.

The day gathering at the Penrose House is an adult only event as there are no child care facilities on the grounds. The Institute cannot provide child-care.

There are a number of good day options for those with children. If a spouse or family member would prefer to sight-see with the children, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the highest zoo in North America is nearby. You can feed giraffes by hand – it’s smelly but very cool!

Or you could choose to visit Focus on the Family, the amazing Garden of the Gods, Pike’s Peak (America the Beautiful was written about the view from the top of Pike's Peak) , Manitou Springs, the Rock Ledge Ranch Living Museum, go on a day hike, etc. (There is a reason why 5 million tourists visit CS each year).

Labor Weekend in Colorado Springs is the weekend of the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic which is wonderful early morning or evening event for the whole family. Notice the clothing we were wearing last Labor Day! Yes, it starts to cool off here at 6,000 ft plus altitude in late August and we have very low humidity and almost no bugs!