Archbishop Samuel J. 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).

The Good Samaritan shows us how to overcome division

Most of us are familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan, which hinges on Jesus’ question: who was neighbor to the man who was beaten by robbers and left […]

Archbishop Aquila issues update on Independent Reparations Program

October 16, 2020  Dear brothers and sisters of the Archdiocese of Denver,  Today, the Oversight Committee of the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (Program) released an interim summary of the program’s work, including statistical information and the Committee members’ thoughts […]

Sailing through uncharted waters

The feeling of being in uncharted territory is one that many of us are experiencing these days. When I consulted with Bishops Berg and Sheridan this past March and jointly […]


Religious freedom is on your ballot

A troubling trend is appearing as our country grapples with social unrest and the impact of the coronavirus, but it’s not a new trend. Catholics and other people of faith […]

Attacks on symbols of faith must not be ignored

Over the weekend of August 8-9, someone beheaded a statue of St. Jude at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Denver.  This attack is one in a series of destructive […]

Archbishop: In this time of need, join me for a Rosary Crusade

When God chose to enter the world to save us, he chose Mary, whose deep faith provided the way for Jesus to come among us. She believed in the words […]


St. Benedict’s wisdom for our times 

“Let us get up then, at last, for the Scriptures rouse us,” the Rule of St. Benedict urges us. “Let us open our eyes to the light … and our […]


Jesus desires to heal wounds of racism

Our nation has been shocked and convulsed by the tragic death of George Floyd, adding to the litany of those who have unnecessarily lost their lives. People have been rightly […]


Lessons from ordinations in a nearly empty cathedral

A few months ago, the idea of a virtual graduation or a size-limited public Mass would have been foreign to high schoolers and parishioners alike. Similarly, the archdiocese has never […]


Ending the ‘Eucharistic fast’ of 2020

It has been more than 50 days since Mass was celebrated publicly in the Archdiocese of Denver. The sacrifices made by both the laity and clergy have been substantial, and for most […]


Why I’m adding Parish Relief fund to 2020 Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal

For weeks we have been focused on the health impact of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than half a million people in the U.S. But in recent weeks […]

Full text from Archbishop Aquila’s Chrism Mass homily

We gather today, to bless the oils and to renew our priestly call. It is very strange sitting in an empty church, without you my brothers here, and having to […]