Recognition honors 140th anniversary for Regis University and Regis Jesuit High School

November 03, 2017

Gov. John W. Hickenlooper has proclaimed Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, to be Regis University and Regis Jesuit High School Day in the state of Colorado. The two schools were founded by Jesuit priests on this day in 1877. Read the proclamation here.

The schools were established in Las Vegas, New Mexico, then relocated to Denver in 1887 at the invitation of the Most Rev. Joseph Machebeuf, the first Catholic bishop of Denver. The high school co-existed on the University’s Northwest Denver Campus until 1989, when it moved to its present campus in Aurora. 

Formerly called the College of the Sacred Heart, Regis University later was renamed to honor Saint John Francis Regis, a 17th century Jesuit who worked with prostitutes and the poor in the mountains of Southern France. In accordance with its Jesuit heritage, Regis University has a long tradition of charitable service, which includes the Father Woody Projects, which runs the Father Woody Christmas Party for the homeless.

The proclamation notes the University’s and high school’s contribution to making “significant contributions to the betterment of society through generous service, locally and around the world, including through the Jesuit Worldwide Learning, which awards Regis University diplomas to refugees enrolled in programs across the globe.”

Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit