Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens opens in downtown Trinidad
TRINIDAD, Colorado – Mount. Carmel Wellness and Community Center is pleased to announce the expansion of its main campus in downtown Trinidad.
Open on Sunday July 18, Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens hopes to bring to the heart of Trinidad a majestic outdoor setting for health and wellness programs, spiritual reflection, family entertainment, cultural celebrations and special events. Organizers say the community celebration is expected to attract more than 500 in-person attendees and hundreds of online viewers.
Located at 225 N. Commercial Street, the gardens are a tribute to Sister Blandina, who, at the age of 22, was sent alone on the trail from Santa Fe to Trinidad. She was a pioneer in education and created School District 1, Colorado’s first school district. Sister Blandina served the community of Trinidad for nearly a decade in the late 1800s, was a champion of children and the oppressed, and is now being considered for canonization.
The opening festivities will begin with a mass, blessing and dedication with the Presiding Prelate His Most Reverend Bishop Stephen J. Berg of the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo, Bishop Emeritus Michael J. Sheridan of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs and The Most Reverend Bishop James R Golka of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs.
Attendees will watch a storytelling performance by acclaimed film producer Michael Fitzgerald, screenwriter and filmmaker Brendan Fitzgerald and Allen Sanchez, initiator of the cause for the canonization of Sister Blandina.
The Colorado Springs Conservatory will present a theatrical re-enactment of Sister Blanding in her younger and older years with actors Linda Weise, founder of the Conservatory, and Elena Soto. Musical performance of Mt. The Carmel Wellness and Community Center Youth Orchestra and local artists Tom Lang, Chris Smith and Randy Welch. Las Animas County District 1 Commissioner Felix Lopez and Eli DeBono, Trinidad City Council member and KCRT radio personality, will serve as emcees for the morning and evening events, respectively.
The site of the Gardens, covering an area of over an acre, was once occupied by three buildings. In the spring of 2020, the Trinidad Construction Group began to redevelop the area.
Led by the vision of Jay Cimino, founder of Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center and CEO of Phil Long Enterprise, the gardens have waterfalls, a gazebo for special events and performances, a fire pit, a pergola for food markets at coming, wellness courses and a 5ft, 4in. Life-size bronze statue of Sister Blandina designed by renowned sculptor Fred Darpino, born in Pueblo.
Soon the Gardens will also have five fitness stations, a playground and a reflection pool. With over 9,000 flowers, the architectural floral design includes a combination of pine and deciduous trees, including blue spruce, hawthorn, pear and plumb, as well as shrubs such as spirea, thorn -vinette, herbs, red roses and beautiful flower beds displaying zinnias, petunias, salvias and marigolds.
Who: Mount. Carmel Wellness and Community Center
What: Celebration of the inauguration of the new downtown location, health expansion and
Las Animas County wellness programs
When: Sunday July 18
Programming of events:
• 9:30 am: doors open
• 10:00 am – 11:15 am: Mass, Blessing and Dedication; His Very Reverend Bishop
Stephen J. Berg of the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo, Bishop Emeritus Michael
J. Sheridan of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs and The Most Reverend
Bishop James R. Golka of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs.
• 11:15 am: Guest speakers, Governor of Colorado Jared Polis, Mayor of Trinidad Phil
Rico, Sister Judith Metz, historian of the Sisters of Charity, and Jay Cimino,
Founder of Mt. Carmel Well-being
• 11:30 am – 12 noon: Colorado Springs Conservatory, theatrical re-enactment of
Sister Blandina in her young and old years; performers Linda Weise, founder
from the Colorado Springs Conservatory and Elena Soto
• 12h00 – 12h30: Mont. Carmel Jeunesse Wellness and Community Center
Orchestra conducted by conductor Jacob Seekatz
• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m .: Live music by Tom Lang
• 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m .: Live music by Chris Smith and Randy Welch
• 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m .: Free tram tours of Trinidad’s historic city center, by the hour,
meet at the main entrance to the gardens on Commercial Street
• 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m .: Sister Blandina live storytelling show by acclaimed artists
film producer Michael Fitzgerald, screenwriter Brendan Fitzgerald and Allen
Sanchez, initiator of the cause for the canonization of Saint Blandine
• 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m .: Live music by the CappTon Reid Band
Where: 225 N. Commercial Street, Trinidad CO 81082; Street closures starting at 6:00 a.m. at Commercial and Main, and Commercial and Elm. After 9:00 a.m., street closures at Commerce and Church, and Commerce and Convent.
Masters of Ceremonies: Felix Lopez, District 1 Commissioner of Las Animas County (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
and city council member and KCRT radio personality Eli DeBono (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
How? ‘Or’ What: Register online at mtcarmelcenter.org or by calling 719.575.7463. Live stream on local Trinidad Comcast 71 channel and TrinidadTimesTV71 YouTube channel. Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens is operated by Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center. The Gardens commercial office is located in the Champions Building, 127 N. Commercial Street, Colorado Springs, CO, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 12 noon. Media are invited to attend. Interviews available on request.
ABOUT MT. CARMEL COMMUNITY AND WELL-BEING CENTER
Founded in 2010, Mt. The mission of Carmel Wellness and Community Center is to nurture the mind, body and spirit of our local community of Trinidad to elevate the ranking of Las Animas County to the top 50% of counties. for the best health and wellness in Colorado by 2030.
From April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, Mt. Carmel, with its partnership with Salud Family Health, has provided over 10,000 health care visits to community members and over 6,100 visits for its health and wellness programs.
Mount. Carmel Wellness and Community Center is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit in southern Colorado
resource that offers wellness programming and event space to promote health and
well-being of the community of Trinidad.
Mount. Carmel’s main campus is located at 911 Robinson Avenue, Trinidad CO.