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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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 […]

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Celebrating priestly gifts  

“Without priests the Church would not be able to live that fundamental obedience which is at the very heart of her existence and her mission in history, an obedience in […]

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Mothers and the heart of God

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I would like to give thanks for mothers—to pay tribute to the many ways they teach us about God and enrich our Church […]

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Risks for the kingdom

Anything worth doing requires risk. When Fathers Joseph Machebeuf and John Raverdy set out in 1860 for Colorado from Santa Fe, New Mexico they took a big risk, but they […]

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The Resurrection in a violent world

When Christ rose from the dead and appeared to the disciples in his glorified body, he still had his wounds. In John’s Gospel we hear Jesus speak to Thomas, “Put […]

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Easter: a time for boldness

In the first reading for Monday, April 13, we hear that just after Peter and John were freed from jail, they prayed for deliverance from the threats against them. “As […]

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Boundless mercy and two great saints

The first public trip St. John Paul II made outside of Rome after being shot in May 1981 was to the Shrine of Merciful Love in Collevalenza, Italy. The occasion […]

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Holy Week: Christian life in miniature

“Forever and ever and ever,” St. Teresa of Avila and her brother used to repeat to each other when they were little. For them, the saying was a reminder that […]

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The parish checkup and being faithful servants

Once a year we are supposed to see the doctor for a physical. He does some tests, draws some blood, and offers some advice on staying or becoming healthy. It’s […]

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Looking for modern St. Josephs

The Church will celebrate the solemnity of St. Joseph , the second greatest saint after Mary, on March 19 and that has me thinking about the need our Church and […]