Rev. Hugh M. Guentner, OSM: Pastor

Fr. Hugh M. Guentner, O.S.M. was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. He is a first-generation American, Born on May 8, 1941. His parents, John and Anna (Koller) Guentner, were from Austria Hungary.

He attended St. Joseph Servite High School Seminary, St. Charles, IL. and spent thirty years as a professional Servite Brother.  Ministering in Servite high schools, seminaries, and parishes, mostly in Denver. Father received a BA from Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee, WI, and M.Div. from Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales corners, near Milwaukee.

He was ordained a Deacon at Holy Trinity Parish, Westminster, CO by Archbishop Francis Stafford, September 14, 1990 and ordained a Priest at Annunciation Parish in Chicago by Bishop Wilton Gregory, May 4, 1991. He has held the following positions since his Ordination:

  • Pastor, St. Rita Parish, Portland, OR – 1991 to 1994
  • Assistant Pastor, Assumption Parish, Denver/Welby, CO – 1994 to 1997
  • Administrator, Holy Trinity Parish, Westminster, CO and Our Lady of Visitation Mission, Denver, CO – 1997
  • Pastor of Assumption Parish, Denver/Welby, CO – 2000 to 2003
  • Past year on sabbatical; Fall 2003, at Redemptorist Renewal Center, near Shrewsbury, England; Winter and Spring 2004 at St. Ignatius Servite Parish El Paso, TX; June and July, 2004 six week Ignatian Retreat, Los Altos, CA.
  • Pastor, St. Patrick’s, Minturn, Red Cliff & Vail, CO 2004-2010
  • Pastor, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Denver, CO July 1, 2010-Present

Rev. Mark M. Franceschini, OSM: Servite in Residence

Originally from Chicago, Father Mark Franceschini was ordained in Rome on March 30, 1959. After various assignments as parochial vicar in the Chicago and Denver areas, he was appointed pastor of St. Catherine Parish in Derby, the predecessor parish of Our Lady Mother of the Church in Commerce City. He also served as pastor of St. Marie Du Lac Parish in Ironton, Mo., and St. Joseph Parish in Fountain, Colo. Father Franceschini has also served in Servite missions in Swaziland and South Africa. Currently he is a retired friar and in residence at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.