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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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 […]

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 […]

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A shepherd after Christ’s heart

On Aug. 25, I had the joy of announcing that Pope Francis had named Father Jorge Rodriguez as the next auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Denver. In this column, […]

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Colorado needs more compassionate care, not killing

In August 1997, I was in the oncologist office with my mother and her doctor. The doctor shared with us that my mother had cancer in her brain, lungs, and […]

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Treasuring our youth

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, then Father Aquila, center, assists Saint Pope John Paul II with Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception during World Youth Day 1993 in […]

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Counter evil with the light of the Gospel

So many innocent people have died. I think of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City and Washington D.C., the years of conflict in the Middle East, the wars in […]

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New priestly assignments: an intricate process

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. […]