Lay Ministries


Respect Life Committee
Contact:  Paul Diaczun

The Respect Life Program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October. The program is highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events. The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes a program packet each year to call attention to numerous human life issues. These materials are especially helpful for priests, parish groups and other organizations.


Secular Franciscan Order
Meets the fourth Sunday of each month at 12:30 p.m.
Contact:  Tom McMahan or Mike Otteman
SFO is a religious order for lay men and women established by Saint Francis of Assisi. Profession is a life-long commitment to living according to the Rule of the Order of Secular Franciscans as approved and confirmed by Pope Paul VI in 1978. By our Rule, we are required to exist as a community. Our local community is called the San Damiano Fraternity and is based in Loveland, Colorado, but the fraternity covers the northern front range of Colorado.  Our fraternity is part of a multi-state “Santa Maria de las Montanas” region. In the United States there are 31 regions and 741 local fraternities which have a total of 17,000 members.

The Secular Franciscan Order is open to all practicing Catholics. Joining a community of Secular Franciscans requires a period of discernment lasting approximately two and one-half years. This time of discernment consists of a period of orientation, a period of inquiry and a period of candidacy. A formal profession of vows marks the members’ entrance into the Secular Franciscan Order. 

The Rule calls Secular Franciscans to four Apostolic areas: Ecology, Family, Peace and Justice, and Work. National Apostolic Commissions promote action in these four areas. There is also a National Youth Commission which promotes the Franciscan Charism among youth and a National Formation Commission.

National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order – 
International Secular Franciscan Order –


Single Parent Group
Meets Second Friday of the Month, January-October, 7:00pm // School
Contact:  Terry King - (970) 593-8383,
We provide a faith-based support group to affirm the dignity of the single parent through their relationship with Christ and the Church.  This is a place of connection and community for Catholic single parents.