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our history

St Louis Catholic Church, engelwood, CO
100 Years of Prayer

When Father Louis Hagus said the first Mass for St. Louis Parish on July 11, 1911, the city of Englewood, the State of Colorado and even the world was a much different place. Broadway and the surrounding streets were still unpaved and there were no traffic lights to be found anywhere in the U.S. The city of Denver was founded just 53 years earlier and Colorado had only been a state for 35 years. The area surrounding our present day church was originally part of the old Orchard Place settlement and was named Englewood, “wooded nook,” when a few early settlements officially incorporated as a city in 1903.

The most visible aspect of St. Louis Parish is our church at 3310 S. Sherman Street. Begun within a year of the founding of the parish, the church is more than bricks and mortar. It holds the hopes and dreams and sorrows of thousands of parishioners who have passed through its doors, provided funds for its construction and improvement over the years, and volunteered to hammer, paint and clean, plant and decorate for a century of celebrations.

The stained glass windows throughout the church were funded through parishioner contributions, and created by Creative Stained Glass Studios. Read more about the windows.

Learn more about St. Louis through the memories of our parishioners

Stained glass windows grace the St. Louis church


about our Parish

  • St. Louis, patron saint of our parishOur Patron Saint - St. LouisAlthough a medieval figure, St. Louis is a remarkably contemporary example of what it means to be Catholic. He ruled during the so-called "golden century of Saint Louis," when the kingdom of France was at its height in Europe, both politically and economically. His passion was for justice and his avocation charity. He built many hospitals, among them the hospital known as "Quinze-vingt" ("Fifteen-Twenty") -- a hospital for the blind and whose name comes from the fact that it could care for 300 patients. He built homes for reformed prostitutes and every day, he met with the poor personally and saw to it that they were fed, inviting them to dine with him, and washing their feet in imitation of Christ at the Last Supper.
    In his pursuit of justice, he eliminated the feudal method of conflict resolution through combat, replacing it with arbitration and judicial process. St. Louis was a great patron of learning, the arts, and architecture. Under his patronage, the Sorbonne - the historic University of Paris, was founded; abbeys built; the choir, apse, and nave of St. Denis Basilica -- which contains the tombs of almost all French Kings -- were refurbished, etc. He went on two crusades, in his mid-30s in 1248 (Seventh Crusade) and then again in his mid-50s in 1270 (Eighth Crusade). On his second Crusade, worn with toil, illness, and austerities, King Louis died near Tunis on August 25, 1270. The man who was "every inch a king" became a saint of the Church in 1297, twenty-seven years after his death.     More about St. Louis
  • Father Giovanni Capucci, Administrator Very Rev. Giovanni Capucci, JCD JV, AdministratorFather Giovanni Capucci came to Denver from Italy in 1996 among the nucleus of seminarians to form the International Missionary Seminary Redemptoris Mater. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 2003. After three years as a Parochial Vicar at Holy Trinity and St. Joseph parishes, he was sent to study at the St. Pius X Faculty of Canon Law in Venice, Italy, where he obtained his Doctorate in Canon Law in 2012. Since returning to Denver, Father Giovanni has served in the Metropolitan Tribunal and Office of Canonical Affairs, where he is currently Judicial Vicar. In addition, he is a member of the Archbishop's Senior Staff and advises the Archbishop on all canonical matters pertaining to his ministry. Father Giovanni's mission includes the revitalization of Archdiocese parishes through administrative support and guidance.
  • Father Francesco Basso, Parochial vicar Rev. Francesco Basso, Parochial VicarBorn and raised in Italy, Father Francesco Basso’s vocation to the priesthood was born and fostered upon joining the Neocatechumenal Way. At the age of 35, he came to Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in Denver to study to become a priest.

    Ordained May 2017, Father Basso served as Parochial Vicar for the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Mission-Denver), the Catholic Church on the Auraria Higher Education Campus in downtown Denver. In June 2019 he was named Parochial Vicar of St. Louis Parish in Englewood, Colorado.

  • Father William Jungmann, Retired Priest in Residency Rev. William Jungman, Retired Priest in ResidencyFather William "Bill" Jungmann was Pastor of St. Louis Parish from June 2017 until his retirement in June 2019. Ordained June 7, 2003, he served Holyoke's St. Patrick's, Haxtun's Christ the King and Fleming's St. Peter's Catholic churches for 12 years prior to his appointment to St. Louis Parish.

    Father Bill was among the pioneer group of 12 seminarians and two priest formators who arrived in Denver 20 years ago to establish Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary. Redemptoris Mater forms priests to serve the Archdiocese who also receive missionary training and are willing to go anywhere at the Archbishop's discretion. It is one of 105 such seminaries around the world, including Rome.

  • Services at St. Louis Catholic Church Parish Organizations St. Louis is home to several Catholic organizations within our parish family. We invite you to learn more about these groups and to take full advantages of the benefits they offer participants.
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