Vatican City, May 29, 2012 / 03:01 am America/Denver (CNA).
Filling a post vacant for over eight months, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo, N.D., as the new Archbishop of Denver.
Archbishop-designate Aquila was announced on May 29 as the Denver archdiocese's new leader by nuncio Archbishop Carlo M. Vigano, the Pope's representative to the U.S.
Archbishop-designate Aquila will succeed Archbishop CharlesJ. Chaput, who led Denver-area Catholics for 14 years and was installed as head of the Philadelphia archdiocese in September 2011.
The new archbishop of Denver was born in 1950, in Burbank, Calif., and was ordained to the priesthood in Denver in 1976. He went on to serve in parishes for 11 years.
In 1987, he began graduate studies at San Anselmo University in Rome, earning a Sacramental Theology Licentiate in 1990.