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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Secular slums and the Francis option

In a few short weeks, we will celebrate the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which has great potential to bring many people back to the Lord, and to […]

Did Thomas More and John Fisher die for nothing?

The idea that Catholics should be allowed to remarry and receive communion did not begin with the letter signed by Cardinal Kasper and other members of the German episcopate in […]

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Gifts of gratitude and hope

He came to America and encountered us in the streets, schools and historic places where we gathered. Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States and the World Meeting of […]

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Lights in the darkness

When I processed into St. Mary Magdalene church, I was filled with gratitude for the six Sisters of Life who sat in two pews toward the front and who were […]

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The quiet family revolution

As I write this column, a county clerk from Kentucky, Kim Davis, is behind bars for insisting that she should not be required to obey an unjust law that violates […]

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When evil appears to win, turn to the Eucharist

This week I want to share with you two important themes that have come to me in prayer: the need for prayer and reparation for the atrocity of abortion, and […]

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A month in Mexico

The fact is, 52 percent of the Catholics in the archdiocese are Hispanic and about 80 percent of them come from Mexico. But too often language and cultural differences prevent our Church from experiencing the gifts of all our brothers and sisters. That is why the ability to speak Spanish and understand Latino devotions has become more and more important for all priests and deacons who serve in our archdiocese to acquire and why I set aside a month to improve my Spanish.

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Have faith in the family

“The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized.” These words come from Pope Francis, who spoke them in an October 2014 address […]

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Beyond the Laudato Si’ headlines

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’ (Praise be), was predictably covered in the press as an endorsement of climate change. But the encyclical goes far beyond that to […]

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New pastors, new blessings

The great evangelist Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, “When we surrender to God, we get ourselves back ennobled and enriched” (The Priest Is Not His Own). Every May I experience […]

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Reorienting religious education

This column is adapted from a May 19 address that Archbishop Aquila delivered to catechists at the Leadership Appreciation Breakfast. Consider the wake of a great ship, which begins in […]

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Forming saints in our midst

When we celebrate Pentecost this year, something will happen that people have been talking about since I was appointed Archbishop of Denver in 2012. On the day when the Church […]