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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver

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.

Archdiocese of Denver

Archidioecesis Denveriensis
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver.svg
Country United States
TerritoryNorthern Colorado
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Denver
MetropolitanDenver, Colorado, US
- Catholics

550,000 (17.1%)
RiteLatin Rite
EstablishedAugust 16, 1887
CathedralCathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Patron saintImmaculate Conception
St. Francis of Assisi
Current leadership
ArchbishopSamuel Joseph Aquila
Auxiliary BishopsJorge Rodríguez-Novelo
Vicar GeneralRandy Dollins
Archdiocese of Denver map.PNG



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]


Bishops of DenverEdit

  1. Joseph Projectus Machebeuf (1868-1889)
  2. Nicholas Chrysostom Matz (1889-1917)
  3. John Henry Tihen (1917-1931)

Archbishops of DenverEdit

  1. Urban John Vehr (1931-1967), appointed Archbishop in 1941
  2. James Vincent Casey (1967-1986)
  3. James Francis Stafford (1986-1996), appointed President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and later Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary (elevated to Cardinal in 1998)
  4. Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap (1997-2011), appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia
  5. Samuel Joseph Aquila (2012-present)

Auxiliary bishopsEdit

Other priests of this diocese who became bishopsEdit

High schoolsEdit

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

Higher educationEdit

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



  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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