Nov 14, 2011 / 13:38 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Camp Saint Malo, a historic Catholic retreat center in the Archdiocese of Denver, Colo., has suffered serious damage in a Nov. 14 fire that is being blamed on gas buildup in a chimney.
“This is a very, very tragic loss, because many emblematic elements of the Church in Colorado were here at St. Malo, and most of them have been lost to the fire,” said Jose Ambrozic, director of the Saint Malo Catholic Retreat, Conference, and Spiritual Center,
“Nevertheless,” Ambrozic told CNA Nov. 14, “the Church is much more than its buildings, so we will be back whenever God wants, serving as we have been doing in the Catholic community of Colorado and beyond.”
Ambrozic, four of his fellow consecrated members in the Christian Life Movement, and one aspirant to the community, saw the flames as they returned to their residence after Mass on Monday morning.
The blaze, which reportedly started around 7:45 a.m., caused no injuries or deaths, however the movement's brothers living at St. Malo lost all their belongings.