Chapel on the Rock

On the way both in and out of Rocky Mountain National Park, we took Colorado Route 7, which winds through the area west of Boulder.  I noticed a historical marker on the way up but didn’t really see this amazing stone structure until we were headed back down toward I-70.

Completed in 1936, the St Catherine of Siena Chapel stands atop a large rock outcropping at the foot of Mount Meeker near Allenspark, Colorado.  The site was discovered in 1916 by a Catholic priest – Monsignor Joseph Bosetti, who was searching for what he thought was the impact site of a falling star.

RMNP_May 12 2016_0005Mount Meeker seen from St Malo

It took him 20 years to see the church completed.  The land on which it sits was donated by a wealthy Denver businessman – Oscar Malo.  A Catholic retreat center was built on the land surronding the chapel and is known as St Malo.  The chapel which was designated a historic site in 1999, has had its ups and downs in recent years.

In 1993, the chapel was visited by Pope John Paul II  during his visit to Denver for World Youth Day.  The pope prayed in the chapel and blessed it, which is good because it has since been ravaged by fire, flood and mudslides.  These natural disasters have left the immediate landscape looking like a war zone and caused the closing of the St Malo Retreat and Conference Center.

RMNP_May 12 2016_0004Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel
Allenspark, Colorado

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Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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