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).


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 […]


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. […]


Follow him, he is trustworthy

God has a plan for your life that is unique, only you can fulfill it, and it will bring you true happiness.” This is the message I give to young people who come for […]

Archbishop Aquila on gender confusion and bathrooms

The recent letter from the Department of Education on bathroom and locker room policy for students with gender confusion has generated a great deal of concern among parents and people […]


Archbishop Aquila: Pope’s Invitation to Families—Live the Gospel

Two weeks ago I issued a statement saying that I would study Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia,” or “The Joy of Love.” As I’ve made my way through it, […]


Archbishop Aquila: Protect God’s gift of children

Time Magazine’s April 10 cover story raised a topic that is rarely discussed – how pornography is biologically and psychologically damaging a generation of young men and women. Science, interestingly, […]

Archbishop Aquila: “The Joy of Love” is relevant, timely

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver is calling Pope Francis’ recent letter on marriage and family “both relevant and important for our time,” while also noting that it deserves careful […]

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Archbishop’s Column: The boldness of Easter

“Holiness is not for wimps, and the Cross isn’t negotiable, sweetheart. It’s a requirement,” the late Mother Angelica once told a caller to her TV show. Sometimes we need a […]


Archbishop’s Column: The rebirth of hope

“Christ my hope is arisen!” This line from the sequence sang at Easter Sunday Mass captures the heart of what happens in our redemption – the love of the Father, […]


Archbishop Aquila: The Little Sisters’ Holy Week trial

This Lenten Season is going by quickly, and with Easter being so early this year, I want to wish all of you a very blessed Holy Week and Easter!  You […]


Learning hope from Mexico

This past week Pope Francis visited Mexico. As I read his messages, it became clear to me that his insights also apply to the United States, in particular, his reflections […]

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Let mercy overcome misery

It is the Year of Mercy, and people are starving for God’s mercy, even if they don’t recognize it. I was pleasantly surprised to see concrete evidence of this hunger […]