Our Archbishop

Curriculum Vitae

† Samuel Joseph Aquila

Archbishop of Denver, Colorado

Born:
September 24, 1950
Burbank, California

Parents:
Salvatore Aquila (deceased)
Josephine Aquila (deceased)

Siblings:
Angela Aquila-Tickler, Petuluma, California
Linda Ofstead, Maple Hill, Kansas

 

Academic History

Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, Northridge, California

1968                Crespi Carmelite High School, Encino, California (All boys high school)

1972                B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

1976                M.A. Theology-Dogma, St. Thomas Seminary, Denver, Colorado

1990                S.T.L. Sacramental Theology, San Anselmo University, Rome, Italy

Personal History

PRIESTHOOD ORDINATION:
June 5, 1976
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, Colorado

EPISCOPAL APPOINTMENT:
June 12, 2001
Coadjutor Bishop, Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota

EPISCOPAL ORDINATION:
August 24, 2001
Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo, North Dakota

EPISCOPAL APPOINTMENT:
March 18, 2002
Bishop, Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota

EPISCOPAL APPOINTMENT:
May 29, 2012
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado
Installed on July 18, 2012

Assignments

1976-1979       Assistant Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Colorado Springs, Colorado

1979-1982       Assistant Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Denver, Colorado

1982-1983       Defender of the Bond, Metropolitan Tribunal

1982-1987       Pastor, Guardian Angels Parish, Denver, Colorado

1986-1987       Dean, West Denver Deanery

1986-1987       Member and Vice Chairman, Presbyteral Council

1987-1990       Graduate Studies, San Anselmo University, Rome, Italy

1990-1995       Director, Office of Liturgy; Master of Ceremonies

1990-2000       Co-Director, Continuing Education for Priests

1991-1993       Advisor, Bishops Committee on the Liturgy

1991-1995       Assistant Secretary for Catholic Education

1995-1999       Secretary for Catholic Education

1997-1998       Secretary for Social Concerns

1999-2001       CEO, Our Lady of the New Advent Theological Institute

Rector, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, Colorado

2000-2001       Chaplain, Legatus Chapter, Denver

2000                  Appointed Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II

2001                  Member, Knights of Columbus

2001                  Coadjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Fargo

2002                  Bishop for the Diocese of Fargo

2005-2006        Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Sioux Falls

2012-present   Archbishop of Denver

Memberships

2001-                 Knights of Columbus, 1st Degree Member

2001-current    Board of Trustees, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, Colorado

2002                  English-language catechist for World Youth Day by the Pontifical Council for Laity, the Vatican’s official organization that convenes World Youth Day; Toronto, Canada

2004-current    Member of Mission Advisory Board for the Institute for Priestly Formation, Co-Chair of Board

2005-2006       Member of Apostolic Visitation of U.S. Seminaries and Houses of Formation

2005-               Trustee of the Catholic Mutual Group

2005                English-language catechist for World Youth Day by the Pontifical Council for Laity; Cologne, Germany

2006                Investiture Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

2007-2010       Board of Governors for North American College

2008                English-language catechist for World Youth Day by the Pontifical Council for Laity; Sydney, Australia

2009-               Episcopal Board of Advisors for the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation

2010-               Te Deum Institute, Diocese of Tulsa

2011                English-language catechist for World Youth Day by the Pontifical Council for Laity; Madrid, Spain

2011-               Bishops’ Advisory Board of the Augustine Institute

2012-               Advisory Board for National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors

2012-               Board of Trustees of the Augustine Institute

2012-               Advisory Board of Bishops of Caritas in Veritate International

Committees of USCCB

2001-2002       Nominations Committee

2002-2005       Diaconate Committee

2002                  Bishops’ Life and Ministry – Ad Hoc Committee

2003-2005       American College of Louvain, Region VIII

2003-2005       Subcommittee on Lay Ministry

2005-2007       Administrative Committee – Region VIII Representative

2005-2008       Planning and Priorities Committee

2008-2011       North American College, Rome, Board of Trustees, Region VIII

2009-                Catechetical Text Reviewer for the Subcommittee on the Catechism

2010-2013       Bishops Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations

Dec. 2011-       National Religious Retirement Office Assistance Review Committee

2011-                Knights of Columbus, 2nd and 3rd Degree

Feb. 2012        Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree

Awards

2007                Our Lady of Guadalupe Award

Presented by the Institute for Priestly Formation June 13, 2007
Awarded by the Founders of the Institute: Fathers George Aschenbrenner, SJ, Richard Gabuzda, John Horn and Kathleen Kanavry


Updated March 27, 2013