Former slave honored by Archdiocese of Denver

KUSA – The tale of Julia Greeley is one that personifies mercy. That's why the Catholic churches are celebrating her during the Jubilee Holy Year.

Greeley has been installed as Denver's Model of Mercy for the Jubilee Holy Year. The former slave, who was beaten so badly that she lost an eye, had a legacy of giving to others even when she had nothing. She was often seen pulling a red wagon through Curtis Park and Five Points taking food and supplies to the needy.

In celebration of Greeley's installation, the archdiocese commissioned a painting of her which was unveiled in January. The archdiocese also created a new video telling Greeley's life story of devotion, mercy and forgiveness.

For several years, there have also been efforts to have Greeley canonized as a saint.

(© 2016 KUSA)


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