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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Reject mediocrity, strive for holiness

“Holiness is the most attractive face of the Church,” Pope Francis says in his new apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate. How true that is! Think, for example, how Mother Teresa […]

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Giving and answering Christ’s call

Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus gave the apostles a mandate: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations … teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” […]

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The transformative power of the Triduum

Next week, we will be celebrating the three holiest days of the liturgical year – the Sacred Triduum. As we prepare for these days, we should strive to receive the […]

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Wanted: faithful men of virtue

On Friday, March 2, something happened at the Colorado state capitol that hasn’t happened in over 100 years. Lawmakers in the state House of Representatives voted to expel one of […]

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Relationship, not sacrifice is at the heart of Lent

When we began Lent on Ash Wednesday, the Lord said to us, “return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your […]

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The splendor of love banishes darkness

We live in a culture that is very confused about love, particularly the sexual aspect of love. This confusion, combined with our fallen human nature, is deeply hurting many people, […]

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Celebrate and support the sacred gift of life

Editor’s Note: This column is adapted from Archbishop Aquila’s remarks to the 2018 Celebrate Life March, which took place on January 13th in front of the Colorado State Capitol building. […]

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God’s gift of peace in uncertainty

We are shortly approaching two events that this year stand in contrast to one another – the birth of Jesus at Christmas and the end of 2017. Christmas brings with […]

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Ending harassment requires more than laws

The ongoing wave of disclosures of sexual harassment across our country shows that while policies and laws are helpful, they do not solve the underlying problem. The issue we have […]

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Recovering a sense of celebration

With the seemingly ever-increasing number of days dedicated to celebrating various causes or events, the Church presents us with the season of Advent, a time of preparation that can help […]

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Saintly inspiration for new beginnings

It’s not that often that bishops are able to announce the kind of good news I am about to share with you. As I write this column, the archdiocese is […]

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Decoding social media and teen suicide

Just a few weeks ago I learned with great sadness that a middle school and high school student in Littleton took their lives within two days of each other, and […]