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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Rediscovering parish boundaries

When you meet a fellow Catholic, the question oftentimes asked is, “What parish do you attend?” Over the past year, every parish in the archdiocese has been involved in an […]


A shepherd after Christ’s heart

On Aug. 25, I had the joy of announcing that Pope Francis had named Father Jorge Rodriguez as the next auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Denver. In this column, […]


Colorado needs more compassionate care, not killing

In August 1997, I was in the oncologist office with my mother and her doctor. The doctor shared with us that my mother had cancer in her brain, lungs, and […]


Treasuring our youth

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, then Father Aquila, center, assists Saint Pope John Paul II with Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception during World Youth Day 1993 in […]


Counter evil with the light of the Gospel

So many innocent people have died. I think of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City and Washington D.C., the years of conflict in the Middle East, the wars in […]


New priestly assignments: an intricate process

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. […]


Follow him, he is trustworthy

God has a plan for your life that is unique, only you can fulfill it, and it will bring you true happiness.” This is the message I give to young people who come for […]

Archbishop Aquila on gender confusion and bathrooms

The recent letter from the Department of Education on bathroom and locker room policy for students with gender confusion has generated a great deal of concern among parents and people […]


Archbishop Aquila: Pope’s Invitation to Families—Live the Gospel

Two weeks ago I issued a statement saying that I would study Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia,” or “The Joy of Love.” As I’ve made my way through it, […]


Archbishop Aquila: Protect God’s gift of children

Time Magazine’s April 10 cover story raised a topic that is rarely discussed – how pornography is biologically and psychologically damaging a generation of young men and women. Science, interestingly, […]

Archbishop Aquila: “The Joy of Love” is relevant, timely

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver is calling Pope Francis’ recent letter on marriage and family “both relevant and important for our time,” while also noting that it deserves careful […]

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Archbishop’s Column: The boldness of Easter

“Holiness is not for wimps, and the Cross isn’t negotiable, sweetheart. It’s a requirement,” the late Mother Angelica once told a caller to her TV show. Sometimes we need a […]