Samuel Joseph Aquila


Samuel Joseph Aquila

Samuel Joseph Aquila is the seventh and current Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo (known as the Diocese of Jamestown from 1889-1897) in North Dakota. He was born on September 24, 1950 in Burbank, California and ordained a priest in 1976 in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver. From 1999-2001 he was the first rector of the 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 a Monsignor. In 2001 he was named coadjutor Bishop of Fargo and became Bishop of Fargo on March 18, 2002, succeeding Bishop James Sullivan. In 2005-2006, he was named interim administrator of the Diocese of Sioux Falls in South Dakota until the consecration of Paul J. Swain as Bishop of Sioux Falls. [ [http://www.fargodiocese.org/bishop/BishopAquila.htm#Bishop%20Aquilas%20Biography Bishop Aquila's biography on the website of the Diocese of Fargo] ] [ [http://www.diocese-of-sioux-falls.org/communication/bulletin/2005/april/index.html Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls ] ]

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