More than having a mission, our archdiocese is a mission.

God sends his Son to get his world back. The Son sends his church to do the same. That church has put our archdiocese here to fulfill that call and be agents of transformation for 40,000 square miles of northern Colorado until he returns.

How do we “stir into flame” a culture focused on mission and making disciples in the Archdiocese of Denver, all the while navigating the “change of ages,” to use Pope Francis’ term, from a Christendom context to one of apostolic mission?

We are convicted that, right now, the call for all of us is two-fold:

  • Pray and fast
  • Re-ground ourselves in a biblical worldview by encountering the Gospel message anew

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, join Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila and the entire archdiocese in praying a 54-day Rosary novena for a renewal of mission in the Archdiocese of Denver, ending on Divine Mercy Sunday (April 11).

Archbishop Aquila’s recent pastoral note explains why the renewal of mission is so important, and how you can participate.

Pastors have also been encouraged to lead their parishes in this Prayer for Renewal, available In English and Español, from Ash Wednesday until Pentecost.

We are convicted that any missional effort begins in intercessory prayer and in re-grounding ourselves in a biblical worldview through hearing the kerygma proclaimed. This Lent, we are inviting small groups (in-person or via Zoom), families, and individuals to go through The Search, a highly produced telling of that basic Gospel message.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at 303.715.3123


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The Search is an innovative video series that tackles the key questions of every human heart. In seven beautifully filmed episodes, Chris Stefanick and experts from multiple fields of science, medicine, psychology, art, and religion examine our place in the larger story of existence.

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If your parish does not have FORMED, the Augustine Institute has generously made The Search available for free this Lent exclusively for all Archdiocese of Denver parishes. Simply go to and type in “ArchDen The Search” under Find Your Parish to sign in!


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“When social arrangements and the Church’s influence on the societies she inhabits are relatively stable, relations and strategies may hold good over a long period of time. In an age of change, the Church needs to pay attention to the modes by which she carries on her graced battle to be sure she is not ‘fighting yesterday’s war,’ using strategies that for whatever reason are outmoded and have become ineffective. In a time that could be called a change of the ages, this duty becomes urgent. We are currently living in such a time.”

From Christendom to Apostolic Mission

Archdiocese of Denver Apostolic Mission Reading List

If you want to read along with us as we wrestle with the questions of how to build for apostolic mission, consider checking out some of the titles below.

Rescued: the Unexpected and Extraordinary News of the Gospel by Fr. John Riccardo, Executive Director of Acts XXIX


From Christendom to Apostolic Mission: Pastoral Strategies for an Apostolic Age – Author Unknown, foreword by Msgr. Shea, president of the University of Mary


Made for Mission: Renewing Your Parish Culture by Tim Glemkowski, Director of Strategy, Archdiocese of Denver


On the New Evangelization: Address to Catechists and Religious Teachers, December 2000 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger


To serve as one of several methods for receiving the insights, feedback, reflections, and questions of each priest as we continue to read, pray, discern, and discuss readings in our deanery meetings, we have created this simple feedback form for your use. Responses will be confidentially received and reviewed by Archbishop Aquila and his Strategic Leadership Team.

Priest Feedback Form