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‘Opening our arms and our hearts’

The Rev. Koenigsfeld is leaving St. Columba after 10 years
“When he gets out here, he’s about the same age they all are,” Deacon Milton Van Cleave, left, says of the Rev. Jim Koenigsfeld of St. Columba Catholic Church as the two gear up for a rafting trip with the young people of the parish. The two, knowing they’d be targets in water fights, brought a couple of small buckets to defend themselves against attack.
The Rev. Jim Koenigsfeld, of St. Columba Church, received the title of monsignor during a ceremony at the church in October 2012. While Koenigfeld is leaving Durango after 10 years, he will take with him memories of being an “Engineer for a Day” on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and numerous performances of the melodrama and local theater.
“It’s hard to recognize you when you’re not in priest clothes,” one young parishioner told St. Columba Catholic Church’s Rev. Jim Koenigsfeld. The priest awaits the arrival of the rafting company with Laura Clark, 11, left, and Eleanor Seir, 11. Laura is the daughter of Matt and Mary Lynn Clark, and Eleanor is the daughter of Cameron and Katherine Seir.
The Rev. Jim Koenigsfeld, left, parishioner Jim Foltz, right, and other members of St. Columba Catholic Church head down the Animas River. Koenigsfeld, who is headed to Pueblo to serve as rector at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, has spent 45 years in the priesthood, serving multiple generations of families.

‘Opening our arms and our hearts’

“When he gets out here, he’s about the same age they all are,” Deacon Milton Van Cleave, left, says of the Rev. Jim Koenigsfeld of St. Columba Catholic Church as the two gear up for a rafting trip with the young people of the parish. The two, knowing they’d be targets in water fights, brought a couple of small buckets to defend themselves against attack.
The Rev. Jim Koenigsfeld, of St. Columba Church, received the title of monsignor during a ceremony at the church in October 2012. While Koenigfeld is leaving Durango after 10 years, he will take with him memories of being an “Engineer for a Day” on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and numerous performances of the melodrama and local theater.
“It’s hard to recognize you when you’re not in priest clothes,” one young parishioner told St. Columba Catholic Church’s Rev. Jim Koenigsfeld. The priest awaits the arrival of the rafting company with Laura Clark, 11, left, and Eleanor Seir, 11. Laura is the daughter of Matt and Mary Lynn Clark, and Eleanor is the daughter of Cameron and Katherine Seir.
The Rev. Jim Koenigsfeld, left, parishioner Jim Foltz, right, and other members of St. Columba Catholic Church head down the Animas River. Koenigsfeld, who is headed to Pueblo to serve as rector at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, has spent 45 years in the priesthood, serving multiple generations of families.
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