Our Archbishop

The Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila was named the Archbishop of Denver on May 29, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI.

For his episcopal motto Archbishop Aquila has chosen, “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn. 2:5). His ministry as shepherd of the people of northern Colorado is dedicated to helping every person  experience the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and be moved by that encounter to a lasting commitment to share the Gospel with enthusiasm, creativity and joy.

Archbishop Aquila was born on September 24, 1950, in Burbank, Calif. He was ordained to the priesthood in Denver on June 5, 1976, and served the Denver Archdiocese for 25 years before being appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Fargo, N.D. on June 12, 2001. On March 18, 2002, he became bishop of Fargo upon the retirement of Bishop James Sullivan. He was installed as the eighth Archbishop of Denver on July 18, 2012.


Homily podcast

“Come all you who are thirsty”: Homily for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Archbishop Aquila preached this homily on August 3 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Readings for the Mass […]

Homily for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

Archbishop Aquila preached this homily at St. Vincent de Paul parish on June 27, 2014, the Solemnity of the Sacred […]

Homily for Pentecost 2014

Archbishop Aquila preached this homily for the vigil of Pentecost on June 7, 2014. http://traffic.libsyn.com/archden/Archbishop_Aquila_Homily_Pentecost_06-07-14.mp3  

Easter Vigil 2014

Archbishop Aquila preached this homily during the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 19 at the Cathedral Basilica of the […]

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Archbishop's Public Schedule

Aug. 23: Permanent diaconate ordination, Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (10:00 a.m.)

Aug. 25: Mass, Convocation Day, Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California

Aug. 28:  Mass, Amazing Parish Conference (7:00am)

Aug. 29:  Mass & Dinner, SJV and RM Seminaries Opening of Academic Year, Christ the King Chapel (5:00pm)

Aug. 30: Mass, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rifle, CO (7:00pm)

Aug. 31: Mass, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Silt, CO (7:30am)

Mass, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rifle, CO (9:30am)

Sept. 2: Mass, Conferral of Ministry of Lector for Br. James Claver, Christ the King Chapel (12:10pm)

Archbishop’s Lecture Series, Bonfils Hall (7:00pm)