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“I am thankful for this new ministry.”

As we continue preparing to serve patients and their families, it is my honor to share this letter of support and blessing for Emmaus Catholic Hospice from Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver.

Archbishop Aquila has been supportive of our ministry from the start. He recognizes the need for authentically Catholic home hospice care. On this page, you’ll find an image of his signed letter, followed by the full text.

Our mission is to provide Catholic home hospice care, support, and education that honors the dignity of each person we serve.

To all those who are already praying for and financially supporting us, please accept our heartfelt gratitude. What a gift to have you walk alongside us!

With an awareness of our responsibility to God and to the community, we humbly extend Archbishop Aquila’s hope for all clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese of Denver to “consider praying for, partnering with, and financially supporting the important work of Emmaus Catholic Hospice.”

With gratitude,

Jean Finegan

Emmaus Catholic Hospice

formerly Dominican Home Health Agency

Letter of full support and blessing from Archbishop Aquila for Emmaus Catholic Hospice

Read the full text of Archbishop Aquila’s letter:

January 13, 2023

Prot. N. 2022-0607 AB A

Dear Clergy and Faithful of the Archdiocese of Denver:

I am writing to you about my support for a new apostolate called Emmaus Catholic Hospice, which was born from the former Dominican Home Health Agency. Under the leadership of Jean Finegan and a team of faithful Catholic professionals, Emmaus Catholic Hospice will begin serving patients and families in their homes in 2023.

Emmaus Catholic Hospice will provide clinical and spiritual care that relieves pain and suffering in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Emmaus Catholic Hospice is a pro-life, nonprofit organization that will offer in-home hospice care and education to the Denver community. Their highly skilled nurses and staff will guide patients and families along their journey, providing comfort, symptom management, spiritual support, and education. This approach stands in stark contrast with other hospice providers that may offer “medical aid in dying.” Catholic hospice does not seek to hasten or delay death, but rather accepts God’s loving and divine timing.

After a careful review of their plans, financials, governing structure, and medical standards by Chancellor David Uebbing, I give my full support and blessing for Emmaus Catholic Hospice to serve in the Archdiocese of Denver.

I am thankful for this new ministry and hope you will consider praying for, partnering with, and financially supporting the important work of Emmaus Catholic Hospice.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L.

Archbishop of Denver