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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Lenten lessons from the silent saint

He was a man of silence and action. As we continue to walk through Lent, St. Joseph, the man who is revered as patron of the universal Church, and “the […]

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Healing the Reformation’s wounds

Five-hundred years have passed since the Reformation rippled through the Church, causing painful division and spurring changes. Sadly, even more divisions have occurred in that period. But the ecclesial and […]

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Encounter God’s Word in the desert

We are about to begin Lent, the solemn season in which the Church unites herself to what the Catechism calls “the mystery of Jesus in the desert” (#540). As we […]

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Christian persecution challenges and strengthens

We live in a time of heroic witnesses who are giving their lives or suffering for the faith, but few people know it. As Pope Francis recently said, “the martyrs […]

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Five ways to make America great again

With the recent inauguration of President Trump, his promises to “Make America Great Again” by protecting our country and generating jobs have been in the news. The greatness of our […]

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How we answered Christ’s knock in 2016

“The Word who found a dwelling in Mary’s womb comes to knock on the heart of every person” at Christmas, Pope St. John Paul II said. Jesus is the Father’s […]

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What saints teach us about living Advent

“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come,” Jesus counsels us in the Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Advent. Throughout this […]

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 4: From left, Cardinal James Stafford, Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez pose for a picture after the Episcopal Ordination Mass of Jorge Rodriguez at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on November 4, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Anya Semenoff/Denver Catholic) DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 4: From left, Cardinal James Stafford, Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez pose for a picture after the Episcopal Ordination Mass of Jorge Rodriguez at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on November 4, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Anya Semenoff/Denver Catholic)

Letter from the bishops of the Archdiocese of Denver to the immigrant Hispanic community

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ in the immigrant Hispanic community: We know that the outcome of the elections this week has raised concerns and fear among some in the […]

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100 years later, Fatima message rings true

On May 13, 1917, three children named Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta were grazing their family’s flock of sheep when the Virgin Mary appeared to them atop a small oak tree. […]

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Know the cracks in the foundation

Every year we observe October as Respect Life Month, with the goal of spreading awareness of the importance of protecting life at every stage and rededicating ourselves to the cause. […]

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Voting as a Catholic in 2016

I have voted in every presidential election since 1972 and I have never experienced an election like this year’s. Both candidates are disliked, lack credibility, and have made comments that […]

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Rediscovering parish boundaries

When you meet a fellow Catholic, the question oftentimes asked is, “What parish do you attend?” Over the past year, every parish in the archdiocese has been involved in an […]