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Join Us for 3 Days of Learning, Renewal, Invigoration, Fellowship, and Fun in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains.

~ Keynote Speaker: Most Rev. Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, Ph. D. Auxiliary Bishop of The Archdiocese of Denver. ~


~ Discover how to deepen your Catholic faith and help others come, or come back to, The Church. ~


~ Make new lifelong friends. ~


~ Enjoy the majestic beauty of Aspen and planned outdoor activities. ~


~ Event includes a bar-b-que, a Mexican Fiesta and brunch each morning. ~


THE ENCOUNTER, New Life in Jesus Christ is the 5th event organized by Aspen Catholic and

the Parishioners of St. Mary Catholic Church.

Growing numbers of baptized Catholics now describe themselves as “former Catholics.”  An increasing number of Millennials, when answering surveys about their religious affiliation, check the box marked “None.”  This represents a tragic movement away from the greatest source of hope available to us in this life.


The good news is that a growing number of Catholics are discovering a profound depth to their faith that is radically transforming their lives, relationships and families.  By encountering the beauty of the truth and life of our Catholic Tradition, they are living their lives energized with a new joy and hope.


What have these intentional Catholics discovered?  A personal encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus!  Jesus Christ reveals to you His Heavenly Father who saves you, loves to answer your prayers and fills you with new purpose for living.  God’s own life is given to you through the beauty of expressions of our Catholic Tradition.


Now is the time to encounter the beauty of our Catholic soul.  In this powerful Aspen Catholic weekend filled with hope, let Bishop Jorge Rodriguez guide you to encounter Jesus Christ more deeply.


Admission Pricing:

~ Roaring Fork Valley couple’s ticket: $260 ~

~ Roaring Fork Valley single ticket: $130 ~

~ Visitor couple’s ticket: $325 ~

~ Visitor single ticket: $162.50 ~

~ Young Adult (age 30 and under): $99 ~


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Most Rev. Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, Ph. D.

Born: Merida, Yucatan (Mexico): March 22, 1955

Priestly Ordination: Dec. 24, 1987, Rome

Currently: Priest of the Archdiocese of Denver 

Bishop Rodriguez was born March 22, 1955, in Merida, Mexico, located in the state of Yucatan. He is the son of Nery Maria Novelo and Ramon Rodriguez (deceased), and he has one brother and four sisters, who live in Merida. In Merida he attended a primary school run by the Maryknoll Sisters, and then secondary and preparatory schools run by the Marist Brothers. When he finished high school, he joined the Legionaries of Christ to study and become a priest. He was ordained Dec. 24, 1987.

He was awarded a Doctorate in Sacred Theology by the Gregorian in Rome in 1994. He also has a licentiate in philosophy from the same pontifical university, and a diploma in Mariology from the Marianum in Rome.

He was the dean of the Theology Department of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome (1994-1997). He has taught theology at the Pontifical Lateran University, at the Pontifical Institute Regina Mundi and at the Institute for Religious Sciences at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

In 1999, he was invited by then Archbishop Charles Chaput to teach in the newly launched St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, and to serve as Associate Pastor of St. Therese Parish in Aurora.

In 2002, he returned to Rome to serve as Associate Pastor of Stella Maris Parish in the Diocese of Rome, but then returned to Denver in 2006 to be a professor at St. John Vianney.

From 2007-2014, Father Rodriguez served as vice-rector of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. He was incardinated as a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver in 2008.

From 2014-2016, he served as pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Thornton, Colorado, teaching the seminarians as well as the permanent diaconate candidates.

He speaks Spanish, English and Italian, and reads French, and is the author of various theological publications.

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1987-1999 Priestly ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Rome
1999-2001 Associate pastor at Saint Therese Parish, Aurora, CO (USA)
1999-2002 Priestly ministry at Queen of Peace Parish (Aurora), Saint James (Denver), Holy Family (Denver)
2002-2005 Associate pastor at Stella Maris Parish (Ostia, Roma)
2006-2009 Assistant for priestly ministry for the Hispanic community at Saint Michael the Archangel Parish (Aurora) and Holy Family Parish (Denver).
2010-2012 Priestly ministry assistant at Christ the King Parish (Denver)
2012-2013 Associate Pastor at Ascension Parish (Denver)
2014-2016 Pastor of Holy Cross Parish (Thornton, CO.)