‘Encountering Mercy’ is an inspiring three-day event located in the heart of Aspen, presented by Aspen Catholic.

Seeing the great need for mercy and healing in the world, Pope Francis has called for the Year of Mercy—a special period, also known as a Holy Year or Jubilee Year, for the Catholic Church. It is a time for you to focus on the Lord’s forgiveness and healing in your life and to respond to Pope Francis’ call to engage the world with its message of mercy. Over the course of three days we will hear from dynamic speakers, experience the beauty of nature, and deepen our relationship with God.

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Fr. John Hilton

Pastor, St. Mary Catholic Church

I’ve been a Catholic priest for 33 years, come from a family of nine children and love this life to which…

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Jonathan Reyes

Jonathan J. Reyes, Ph.D.

Executive Director, USCCB

Dr. Jonathan J. Reyes, Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the…

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Dan Burke

Dan Burke

Executive Director, Avila Institue

Beyond Dan’s “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church, he is the husband of one and father of four. He is the founder…

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Anthony Lilles

Dr. Anthony Lilles, STD

Academic Dean, Saint John’s Seminary

A Catholic theologian, the married father of three young adult children, Dr. Anthony Lilles serves as academic…

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Judy Dunn

Judy Dunn

Director, Aspen Catholic

After living and working for many years in Michigan, in 2006 I sold my wine distribution company…..

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Kevin & Molly Mix

Kevin & Molly Mix


Hailing from the not-so-verdant plains of West Texas, Molly packed her bags for Colorado six years ago and has loved…

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Courtney Duran

Courtney Duran

Event Coordinator, Aspen Catholic

Courtney Duran was drawn to Aspen 7 years ago from New Hampshire for the skiing and mountain life. Like many…

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Dawn Ryan

Dawn Ryan

Childcare, Aspen Catholic

Dawn has lived in aspen for 20 years. She owns a small childcare center in the heart of aspen. Dawn has a…

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Encountering Mercy is a 3-day ‘spa for the soul’

  • Dynamic & Inspiring Content
  • Authentic Community
  • Experience Aspen outdoors
  • Spiritual Help & Encouragement

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The 3-day Encountering Mercy event will be packed with exciting presentations and intentional time for restoration and relaxation. It will be a rich and sacramental experience with others on the journey on the journey of faith. Below is an overview of the weekend. Scroll over each section for more details.


  • 10:00am-3:00pm Guest Registration

    Head to St. Mary Catholic Church to register and check in.

  • 10:00am-2:00pm Aspen Outdoors

    Choose the Pedaling Priest Bike Ride to the Maroon Bells or bike along the Rio Grande Trail to Woody Creek.

  • 4:00pm Holy Hour and Confessions
  • 5:00pm Opening Mass
  • 6:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Keynote address by Dr. Jonathan Reyes

    Building a Culture of Encounter: The Social Vision of Pope Francis


  • 8:00am Holy Mass
  • 8:30am-9:30am Eucharistic Holy Hour and Benediction

    Confessions will be available.

  • 10:00am-11:30am Presentation I by Dan Burke & Dr. Anthony Lilles

    The Mysticism of Mercy in the Spiritual Wisdom of Saint Therese

  • 11:30am-2:30pm Aspen Outdoors

    Choose to hike Aspen Mountain (easy to moderate) or enjoy the Walking Tour of Aspen. A sack lunch will be provided for both options. The hike will last 3 hours and the tour of Aspen will end at 1:00pm. 

  • 3:00pm-4:30pm Presentation II by Dan Burke & Dr. Anthony Lilles

    The Little Way and Contemplative Prayer

  • 6:30pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Keynote address by Dr. Jonathan Reyes

    The Two Francis’ and the Challenge of Mercy


  • 8:30am-9:30am Presentation III by Dan Burke & Dr. Anthony Lilles

    Two Sisters in the Spirit: Saint Therese and Elisabeth of the Trinity

  • 10:00am Holy Mass
  • 11:30am Beyond the Mountaintop?

    Group Discussion

  • 1:00pm Closing Remarks
  • 1:30pm Aspen Outdoors

    Fly Fishing on the Gold Medal Roaring Fork River

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Do I have to be Catholic to attend?

No matter your faith, you’re welcome to attend Aspen Catholic events!  Our presenters address the issues you face in your life through the lens of a rich Catholic tradition…

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Is childcare available?

Yes! Child care is available during our evening events for your children between the ages of 2 and 12.Your registration will cover the cost of child care for each evening.

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What if I’m unable to attend all the events?

You’re welcome to attend whatever events your schedule allows.  If you’re traveling to us from out-of-town, we ask you to commit to the full $199 event…

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How do I pack for May in the Colorado mountains?

The daytime temperatures are likely to be range from the 50s to the lower 70s, with nighttime temperatures falling into the 30s.  You’re encouraged…

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Ready to register for the spring event? Click below to begin the registration process.





Very convenient from most major airports.  Plan a 4 hour drive along I-70 to reach Aspen.

Aspen Airport


Although a more expensive option, Aspen Airport is only 10 minutes from downtown Aspen.  There is a free bus service from the airport into town and local taxi is always available.


Colorado Mountain Express provides service from Denver airport to locations throughout the Aspen area.  Please, call 970-754-7433 or view the website at coloradomountainexpress.com.


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