Our Pastor - Msgr. Bernard Schmitz

Msgr. Schmitz was born in Denver and attended Bishop Machebeuf High School and Western State College before entering St. Thomas Seminary. He was ordained at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in May 1974.

His first parish ministry assignment was to St. John the Baptist Church in Longmont and subsequently Holy Apostles Church and St. Mary Church in Colorado Springs. He returned to Denver to be pastor at Our Lady Mother of the Church in Commerce City in 1982 and served as chaplain to the Knights of Columbus.

During the 80s, he also ministered to the congregation at St. Michael Church in Aurora and became the assistant vocations director as well as dean of the Aurora Deanery. He completed some mission work in Monteria, Colombia.

Msgr. Schmitz then ministered to a large Hispanic community at Our Lady of Peace Church in Greeley until his appointment as vicar for clergy and ministry at Mother of God Church.

He said that one of the greatest joys of the priesthood is the joy of praying with people and aiding them on their journey to know God.

“When, as St. Ignatius says, someone’s ‘eyes are opened just a little,’ it’s a great joy to see them discover the powerful love of God,” Msgr. Schmitz said.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI named him monsignor with the rank of chaplain in 2009.