Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Charles J. Chaput was born September 26, 1944, in Concordia, Kansas, the son
of Joseph and Marian DeMarais Chaput. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Grade School in Concordia and St. Francis Seminary High School in Victoria,
Kansas. He joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine
Province, in 1965.
earning a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Fidelis College Seminary
in Herman, Pennsylvania, in 1967, Archbishop Chaput completed Studies in
Psychology at Catholic University in Washington D.C., in 1969. He earned a
Master of Arts in Religious Education from Capuchin College in Washington
D.C., in 1970 and was ordained to the priesthood on August 29, 1970.
Chaput received a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of San
Francisco in 1971. He served as an instructor in theology and spiritual
director at St. Fidelis from 1971-1974 and as executive secretary and
director of communications for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine in
Pittsburgh from 1974-1977.
Archbishop Chaput became pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Thornton, Colorado,
and vicar provincial for the Capuchin Province of Mid-America. He was named
secretary and treasurer for the province in 1980, and he became chief
executive and provincial minister three years later.
Chaput was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 26, 1988.
Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver on February 18, 1997.