Archbishop Charles J. Chaput joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. He has a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Religious Education and a MA in Theology.
Archbishop Chaput was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1988 and Archbishop of Denver in 1997. He recently became Archbishop of Philadelphia in September 2011.
In 1999, building on the efforts of his predecessor in Denver, Archbishop Chaput founded St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, and ordained 71 men for the Archdiocese of Denver.
In 2002, assisted by his Auxiliary Bishop José Gomez, Archbishop Chaput founded Centro San Juan Diego in response to the pastoral and educational needs of the growing Hispanic community in Colorado. He later co-founded the national Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) and helped in the founding of ENDOW, a leadership initiative of Catholic women to “Educate on the Nature and Dignity of Women.” He was also instrumental in creating the Denver-based Augustine Institute, an independent, lay-run graduate school for the formation of lay Catholic leaders, catechists and evangelizers.
He is author of two books: Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics and Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life; and numerous talks, articles and pastoral letters, all of which are available at www.archden.org/archbishop.