Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver

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Archdiocese of Denver
Archidioecesis Denveriensis
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver.svg
Country  United States
Territory Northern Colorado
Ecclesiastical province Province of Denver
Metropolitan Denver, Colorado, US
- Catholics

550,000 (17.1%)
Denomination Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established August 16, 1887
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Patron saint Immaculate Conception
St. Francis of Assisi
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Samuel Joseph Aquila
Auxiliary Bishops Jorge Rodríguez-Novelo
Vicar General Randy Dollins
Archdiocese of Denver map.PNG
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver

The Archdiocese of Denver (Latin: Archidioecesis Denveriensis) is the Catholic Archdiocese of the Latin Rite that covers an area of 40,154 square miles (104,000 km2) which includes the city of Denver, Colorado, and the Colorado counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, and Weld. It is part of the XIII Conference Region and includes 113 parishes, 307 priests, and an estimated 550,000 lay Catholics. The seat of the archdiocese is the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at 401 East Colfax Avenue.


The area that now comprises the Denver Archdiocese was part of the Diocese of Santa Fe. In 1868, Pope Pius IX split territory from the Diocese of Santa Fe in New Mexico and the Diocese of Grass Valley in California to form the Vicariate Apostolic of Colorado and Utah. In 1870, he changed the name to the Vicariate Apostolic of Colorado, and transferred the territory of Utah to the Archdiocese of San Francisco. August 16, 1887, Pope Leo XIII created the Diocese of Denver, which covered the entire state of Colorado.

On November 15, 1941, Pope Pius XII separated territory from the Diocese of Denver to form the Diocese of Pueblo and elevated the Denver Diocese to an Archdiocese. On November 10, 1983, Pope John Paul II separated territory from both the Archdiocese of Denver and the Diocese of Pueblo to form the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

On May 29, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Samuel Joseph Aquila of the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota as fifth archbishop of Denver.[1] Bishop James Conley served as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese from the departure of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput in September 2011 until the new Archbishop was installed July 18, 2012, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.[2]

High schools[edit]

* Operated independent of and with the blessing of the Archdiocese.

Higher education[edit]

*Operated independent of and with the blessing of the Archdiocese.



Auxiliary bishops[edit]


  1. ^ Medlin, Marianne (May 29, 2012). "Pope appoints Fargo bishop to lead Denver archdiocese". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2016-03-10. 
  2. ^ Draper, Electa (May 29, 2012). "Vatican names Samuel J. Aquila Catholic archbishop in Denver". The Denver Post. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 39°41′36″N 104°56′53″W / 39.69333°N 104.94806°W / 39.69333; -104.94806