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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Waiting and watching for Christ’s arrival

“As we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” These words from the liturgy perfectly summarize the spiritual disposition we should cultivate during Advent. Similar […]

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Giving thanks for God’s 2019 graces

Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday, is quickly approaching. And while it is usually celebrated in non-religious ways, there is a truth present at its heart that Father Jacques Philippe calls […]

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How to cultivate contemporary vocations

This week we observe Vocations Awareness Week, a time set aside to promote awareness of the call to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life. These personal callings to become more […]

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Independent Review Report: A message from Archbishop Aquila

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We must face the past and learn from it, and we must know if our children are safe today. Thanks to our ongoing vigilance, they are. […]

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Coloradans have chance to rescue the unborn

Some people in our pews today can remember the time when abortion was not legal. But the rest of you who are filling the seats in our churches, working various […]

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Pope Francis and the possible German schism

As he was approaching his death, Jesus prayed that the Church would be one, that it would be unified. Looking back in history and at the present times of tumult […]

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Combating an epidemic of fear and anger

“Do not be afraid.” It is not without reason that Jesus repeated this encouragement while he was alive and to those who saw him for the first time after he […]

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The future needs the family

Editors Note: In this column, Archbishop Aquila presents some excerpts from a talk he gave to the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers. They have been edited for brevity […]

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Is religious freedom disappearing?

If you have been following the recent political debates and the rulings being made by our courts, you will see that we seem to be at a turning point when […]

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Celebrating St. James, a gift for aspiring disciples

On July 25th, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. James the Apostle, whose journey from fisherman to evangelist should inspire and encourage us all. Imagine that you are at […]

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Our God-given dignity should shape our laws

Recent news stories present us with immigrants and refugees whose God-given dignity is being disregarded or subject to a system of laws that fails to adequately take that dignity into […]

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Repenting and renewing our role as shepherds

Jesus tells the disciples in St. John’s Gospel, “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep,” contrasting his goodness with the thieves who […]