Saints Among Us

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Archbishop Aquila’s pastoral letter “Saints Among Us” introduces the restored order of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation to the Archdiocese of Denver. Please use these pages to gain a fuller understanding of this important pastoral initiative.

“The world needs saints. Even as our society becomes more distant from faith and more forgetful of God, it still hungers for joyful witnesses who have been transformed by Christ. At the same time, new generations of Catholics need grace to sustain them in a non-Christian environment.

To answer these needs, I have decided to restore the Sacraments of Initiation to their original order, that is, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This will make available every sacramental grace the Church has to offer to children who have reached the age of reason.”Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver


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In-depth examination with videos

The world needs saints...

Join Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila and other prominent theologians, religious, educators, parents, and Church leaders in this in-depth exploration of the beautiful history and deep richness of the Sacraments of Initiation as they are found in the restored order of Baptism, Confirmation, and first Eucharist.

Listen to the Q-and-A TeleForum

ArchbishopAquilaPhone-webOn Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m., Archbishop Aquila held a live Q-and-A event on restoring the order of the sacraments of initiation.

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Archbishop Aquila: "God's love is not conditional!"

This talk was recorded at the 2015 Leader Appreciation Breakfast. Here the archbishop answers a question about requiring service projects as part of Confirmation prep.

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