Samuel J. Aquila

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Samuel Joseph Aquila
Archbishop of Denver
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Archdiocese Denver
Appointed May 29, 2012
Installed July 18, 2012
Predecessor Charles Chaput
Ordination June 5, 1976
Consecration August 24, 2001
by Harry Joseph Flynn, James Stephen Sullivan, and Charles J. Chaput
Personal details
Born (1950-09-24) September 24, 1950 (age 67)
Burbank, California
Previous post
(Do whatever he says)
John 2:5
Styles of
Samuel Joseph Aquila
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop
Ordination history of
Samuel J. Aquila
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated by Harry Joseph Flynn
Date of consecration August 24, 2001
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Samuel J. Aquila as principal consecrator
Stephen Jay Berg February 27, 2014

Samuel Joseph Aquila (born September 24, 1950) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as the fifth archbishop of Denver. He previously served as the seventh bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo in North Dakota.


Aquila was born on September 24, 1950 in Burbank, California and ordained a priest in 1976 for the Archdiocese of Denver. From 1999 to 2001 he was the first rector of St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver and Chief Executive Officer of Our Lady of the New Advent Theological Institute. In 2000, Pope John Paul II named him an Honorary Prelate. In 2001 he was named coadjutor Bishop of Fargo and became Bishop of Fargo on March 18, 2002, succeeding Bishop James Sullivan.

From 2005 to 2006, Aquila served as interim administrator of the Diocese of Sioux Falls in South Dakota until the consecration of Paul J. Swain as bishop of that diocese in October 2006.[1][2]

On May 29, 2012, Aquila was named archbishop of the Archdiocese of Denver.[3] Aquila was installed in a ceremony on July 18 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.[4]

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Charles Chaput
Archbishop of Denver
July 18, 2012 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
James Stephen Sullivan
Bishop of Fargo
March 18, 2002 – July 18, 2012
Succeeded by
John Folda