Archbishop Aquila

Archbishop Aquila

Our Shepherd

The Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila is the eighth bishop of Denver and its fifth archbishop. His episcopal motto is, “Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5).

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Recovering a sense of celebration

With the seemingly ever-increasing number of days dedicated to celebrating various causes or events, the Church presents us with the season of Advent, a time of preparation that can help […]

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Saintly inspiration for new beginnings

It’s not that often that bishops are able to announce the kind of good news I am about to share with you. As I write this column, the archdiocese is […]

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Decoding social media and teen suicide

Just a few weeks ago I learned with great sadness that a middle school and high school student in Littleton took their lives within two days of each other, and […]

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New fronts in the fight for life

In the coming weeks, I will be joining Catholics and other pro-lifers in the 40 Days for Life campaign of prayer, fasting and witness. This effort to protect life is […]

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Making Catholic education affordable

“Education,” St. John Bosco often said, “is the great art of forming human beings.” And this is what happens every day across the archdiocese as children attend our schools are […]

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Hearts ready to respond

During the entire liturgical year, there are only two saints whose birth the Church celebrates: John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Why these two saints and not others? […]

Archbishop to DREAMERS: ‘You are a tremendous gift!’

To the DREAMERS of Colorado, I have been following closely the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and it was a great disappointment this morning to […]

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Healing hatred and anger after Charlottesville

The confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the nationwide reaction to it are clear signs of the tensions simmering just below the surface of our society. But we know as people […]

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Lessons from Charlie Gard

After living one week short of a year, Baby Charlie Gard passed on to eternal life on July 28th. His brief life and the court battle over his treatment should […]

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The Supreme Court’s welcome surprise

Right in the middle of the Church’s celebration of the annual Fortnight for Freedom, good news came down from the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving religious freedom that […]

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Julia Greeley: Woman of virtue

Hundreds of people were drawn to the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on June 7 for the transfer of Julia Greeley’s mortal remains, which were exhumed as a part […]

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The Eucharist: Center of the Universe

This week I have been thinking about Corpus Christi Sunday – the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – which we will be celebrating on June 18. On […]