Really, what does last 115 years? Here’s the remarkable answer: It is the spiritual order which Julia’s Greeley herself belonged to more than a century ago -- the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in Denver, CO.
St. Elizabeth’s Fraternity has been going strong since 1901 -- and last month came out to the Julia Greeley Home to bring a delicious and bountiful potluck for our residents and our shared community, Shannon’s Hope. This photo shows Dave Arling, the group’s leader, telling the compelling story of the Fraternity and the Secular Franciscan Order to all our residents over lunch.
In Julia’s day, way back when buggies and horses ruled the streets, right up into our own 21st century, the Fraternity has been drawing in men and women who seek a deeper spirituality than ordinary life. One of them was Julia Greeley herself. When “Old Julia’s” work was done, she would make the short walk from her home, located in today’s LoDo, to the Fraternity meetings at St Elizabeth’s Church on today's Auraria campus.
Secular Franciscans come from all walks of life. They have kids and families and jobs and businesses; some are widowed, others are single like Julia Greeley was; what brings them together is their love for God and their desire to do service, in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, to help their fellow human beings.
The Julia Greeley Home is looking forward to becoming an apostolate of St. Elizabeth’s Fraternity (part of its outreach program) and we dearly hope for that day. How inspiring to think that we can join the legacy of one of its past members -- Julia Greeley herself!