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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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 […]

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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 […]