Archbishop Aquila will visit our parish today to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation and offer First Holy Communion. His visit fills us with joy as our chief shepherd comes to his parish! The occasion allows us to reflect on why we should honor the person of the bishop and his office.
The bishops are the successors of the apostles. Saint Clement, writing in the year 96 to the Corinthians, taught that since the apostles had “laid down a rule once for all to this effect: When these men die, other approved men shall succeed to their sacred ministry.” It means that from the earliest times the Church elected men to succeed the apostles. Each bishop is charged with continuing the three fold ministry of Christ the priest, prophet and king.
Our bishop is Archbishop Samuel Aquila. We give him the title “archbishop” because he leads an archdiocese, or a large diocese. Archbishop Aquila was a priest in the Archdiocese of Denver for 25 years before the Church asked him to be the bishop in Fargo, North Dakota in 2001. He even served as the pastor of our neighboring parish, Guardian Angels, so he is familiar with the northwest side of Denver! Archbishop Aquila’s motto is, “Do whatever he tells you” which is taken from Mary’s instructions at the wedding feast of Cana, the first of Jesus’ miracles.
As Archbishop Aquila visits his parish today I invite you to surround him with your joyful witness to Jesus Christ, Who is risen!