Denver, 21 April, 2022 / 5:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Since last summer, a Colorado man has been helping Catholic schoolchildren in Uganda using the two “universal” things that they share: Catholicism and mathematics.
Brad Jolly is a relatively new Catholic, having converted to the faith at age 50. He’s a parishioner and active Knight of Columbus at St. John the Baptist in Longmont, Colorado, less than an hour northwest of Denver.
During summer 2021, Jolly tuned into a six-week online course, taught by Daniel Campbell, director of Denver’s St. John Vianney Seminary Lay Division. The topic of the course was St. Joseph.
The online course was billed as an intensive, in-depth study of Christ's foster father, based primarily on Scripture, working through the basic chronology of St. Joseph’s life and explaining the theological significance of events involving him. The impetus for the course, which attracted nearly 700 participants, was the Year of St. Joseph, which Pope Francis declared for the Church at the end of 2020.
It wasn’t just fellow Coloradans taking the course, however. Also joining, from ten time zones away, were nearly a dozen young priests from Africa. On the video call, Jolly noticed several young faces on the screen wearing priestly collars, and because the video call had several technological glitches that muted the audio portion, he looked them up online and sent them an e-mail asking if they would like him to record the evening session of the class so that they could hear it uninterrupted.