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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Reflecting upon the Immaculate Conception

Every Dec. 8, the Church observes the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and without fail, people think that this refers to Jesus’ conception, when it is actually the celebration of […]

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Crisis response must remember the spiritual stakes

Everyone expected the meeting of bishops this past week to be monumentally important, but no one expected the Vatican to intervene the way it did. Even though I was disappointed […]

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Ahead of bishops’ meeting, we need your prayer and fasting

Since ancient times, people have used the stars to navigate through the expanse of the sea or over unknown terrain.  As the bishops of the United States prepare to address […]

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From skepticism to gratitude: My experience of The Way

On Sunday, Oct. 14, I had the privilege of celebrating the Eucharist in Greeley with over 500 catechists from the Neocatechumenal Way. As The Way celebrates its 50th Anniversary this […]

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Voting decides history

In my travels throughout Colorado, I have experienced the goodness of the people of our state. We are a generous, welcoming and kind people. This coming Nov. 6, the country […]

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Faith: the antidote to despair

“The waters have risen and severe storms are upon us,” St. John Chrysostom once preached. “But we do not fear drowning, for we stand firmly upon a rock. Let the […]

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The Church needs the Spirit of Truth

During these tumultuous days for the Church, I have been praying that the Spirit of Truth descends upon every disciple in the Church, including the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Deacons, […]

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Will this generation respond?

Pope John Paul II said he came to Denver to proclaim the Gospel in the “modern metropolis,” but some organizers thought only 60,000 pilgrims would show up. The 750,000 people […]

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Punishing the poor and needy

Every afternoon in downtown Denver, homeless men, women and children are given shelter, food and a place to wash themselves. Not far away, hundreds of people are receiving high quality […]

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Prayer: anchor in storm of distractions

Did you know that we see hundreds if not thousands of advertisements a day? In fact, the consensus among marketing researchers is that you might see or hear as many […]

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The Holy Spirit speaks with saints’ lives

The Apostles, cowering in fear, locked in the Upper Room, were waiting until the threat to their lives had subsided. While they hid, Jesus appeared to them, gave them his […]

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How we protect life determines our future

The moment you first see a child on the ultrasound monitor at the doctor’s office is truly breathtaking. You see the baby moving, you hear its heart beating — there […]