Message from the Archbishop of Denver

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver.

For 31 years Samaritan House has brought God’s mercy to its poor, homeless “neighbors” in downtown Denver, responding as the Good Samaritan did in Jesus’ parable. The corporal works of mercy have been carried out 24/7, to satisfy Christ’s thirst for our love and our souls.

Homelessness has been an issue in the Denver area for decades, but more recently, greater numbers of women, children and veterans are finding themselves on the streets. Through Samaritan House and other initiatives, including the Samaritan House Women’s Shelter — to open this year in northeast Denver — thousands of people have been given a roof over their heads, food to eat and a place to clean their clothes. The fact that 64 percent of single residents who stay at Samaritan House for over three months leave with jobs is a great testimony to how the love of Jesus Christ and seeing him in our neighbor transforms hearts.

Samaritan House strives to bring the love of God to Denver’s ever-changing homeless population, and I pray that you will join in the effort to make that possible.

May the eyes of all hearts be open to the mercy of the Father, and may all people discover their God-given dignity!

Sincerely yours in Christ,


Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L.
Archbishop of Denver