Colorado silver to be part of papal liturgical vessels

Zachary Urban, parishioner of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Wheat Ridge, Colo., sent Colorado silver to an Argentine silversmith who is making the pope’s new liturgical vessels. “It all kind of fell together,” Urban told the Denver Catholic Register. He shipped three ounces of silver extracted from the gold in a mine in Alma, Colo., to silversmith Adrian Pallarols in late March. The silver will be used to craft one of several vessels needed during papal Masses.

“We wanted to make this happen as a gift on behalf of our parish and the citizens of Colorado,” Urban said.  Before the silver was sent, Father Jason Thuerauf, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul blessed it with holy water. Urban met Pallarols, a seventh-generation silversmith, on his honeymoon when he and his wife purchased an item from his store. When he found out an Argentine silversmith would be making liturgical vessels for the pope he sent Pallarols a message to see if that was him.

Silver in wooden box before it was shipped to Argentine silversmith. (Photo by Zachary Urban)

Silver in wooden box before it was shipped to Argentine silversmith. (Photo by Zachary Urban)

When he learned that it was Pallarols, Urban purchased $145 of silver from a man who had a private reserve including some pieces from the “In God We Trust” mine. The silversmith will use the silver to craft, among other items, a chalice, plate and spoon — used in Eastern-rite liturgies. It will be mixed with silver from South America which Urban said is symbolic of the church’s unity.

“It has a lot of symbolism in mixing the different cultures together and different pieces of the Catholic Church together,” he said. “I think it provides an opportunity to show we all become one church together.”