Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Colorful Colorado

Denver's Own Saint

Julia Greeley

A freed slave, a devout Christian, and selfless giver, Julia Greeley had an enormous impact on early Denver. Ms. Greeley came to Colorado in 1878-79 as a servant to ex-governor William Gilpin. She would eventually spend almost every day at the Sacred Heart parish on Larimer Street. Julia Greeley is not remembered for fame or fortune, but for her generosity and kindness towards her fellow humans. All her deeds were done with such humbleness, it was as if they were done in secret. Join Father Blaine Burkey, author of In Secret Service of the Sacred Heart, as he presents a lecture highlighting Ms. Greeley’s influence, triumphs and life in Denver.