We pray that all of our children are protected from the violence that is pervading our society.~Archbishop Wester

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The October issue of People of God, the magazine, is now available online and in your parish!

Inside This Issue
Abide in Christ: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Part III
“Moved by Mercy” Respect for Life Month
Archbishop Wester to Receive "San Juan Diego Leadership in Hispanic Ministry" Award
NMCCB Opposes Death Penalty Measures
Rosary Rally
Teachers of the Year
All Saints Day
V Encuentro
Archbishop Wester’s Calendar
Safe Environment
October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month
Cremains and the Respect of the Human Body
Faithful Citizenship

Archbishop's Letter:

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, part 3
By Archbishop John C. Wester, People of God, October 2016

Continuing my reflection on the U.S Bishops’ document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (FCFC), I offer some additional thoughts about our place as Catholics in the public square.  These reflections are prompted by a recent talk I heard by Fr. Bryan Hehir, a theologian on the faculty at Harvard who has worked with the USCCB over the years.  He highlights some important points that help us to put FCFC in context. More>


Governor Susana Martinez’s Placement of the Reinstatement of the Death Penalty on New Mexico’s Upcoming Special Legislative Session’s Agenda is Irresponsible
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Tuesday, September 20, 2016—IMMEDIATE RELEASE We, the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico, find the decision by Governor Susana Martinez to place the reinstatement of the Death Penalty on the agenda of a special legislative session to be irresponsible.  The legislature spent a decade debating the issue, ending with a bipartisan vote that ended the practice of a state-sanctioned death penalty.  This was a definitive decision and had ample discovery of evidence and debate.  That decision should remain final.

The abomination of taking a life, the death penalty, needs to be addressed in a general session where full debate, in front of numerous committees, can examine all the facts and legislators can hear all public comment.  New Mexico faces the crisis of children being abused.  Our utmost priority must be to work together to protect and prevent harm to our children, not reinstating state-sanctioned violence.  Violence does not end violence. More> (Picured above is the press conference held Tuesday, September 20, 2016 regarding the reaction of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops ASF/Leslie M. Radigan)




We invite you to view the
Mass of Dedication of the
Rebuilt St. Anthony Church located in Questa, NM

The blessed event took place
Sunday, August 14, 2016 during the 12:00 Noon Mass

Hope you enjoy this video and will take time to visit this wonderful
Northern New Mexican community in the near future!
Click HERE to view the video.


August 18, 2016 - NM Bishops Renounce Governor's Call to Reinstate Death Penalty
The Catholic Bishops of New Mexico applauded the State Legislature for the progress that was made when we ended the morally untenable practice of the death penalty on March 18, 2009. This repeal of the death penalty was a milestone, moving New Mexico from a culture of violence to a culture of peace, justice, and love. More>


View Sr. Blandina's press conference held Wednesday, July 13, 2016 regarding a new television series, "At the End of the Santa Fe Trail" by clicking here. For more information and to read the press release and background information, click More>


Pictured here are "The Blandinas", the next generation of Sr. Blandina. They visit 600 homes each week to provide care and assistance for CHI St. Joseph.



2016 Ordinations of Priests, Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Archbishop John C. Wester’s Statement on the Supreme Court Decision June 23, 2016 on President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Friday, June 24, 2016 IMMEDIATE RELEASE— Archbishop John C. Wester issued the following statement regarding the US Supreme Court's June 23, 2016 decision on President Obama’s Executive Action immigration: More> Español>

NMCCB on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Decision Physician Assisted SuicideALBUQUERQUE, NM – Friday, July 1, 2016—IMMEDIATE RELEASE— We the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico welcome the decision of the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico in protecting vulnerable persons at the end of life. We applaud this decision since it recognizes the dignity of the human being and because, at the end of life, what is called for from all is accompaniment – love, reverence, and compassion. We must not confuse compassion with quickness of death. Recent advances in science and medicine, including pain management and other treatments for the terminally ill, open new opportunities for compassion and love.
In the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis calls us to be deliberate in our acts of kindness and love. One of the greatest ways to love is to journey with another’s suffering and pain. Here, we make a call for a consistent ethic of life. In the layers of complications of end of life issues, we must be cautious of unintended consequences. Similar to arguments we made against the death penalty, in this arena there are too many possibilities for mistakes of judgment. Like the finality of the death penalty, which leaves no room for correction of error, assisted suicide also is riddled with the possibility of error that cannot be reversed. To view the ruling, please visit http://www.nmcompcomm.us/nmcases/nmsc/slips/SC35,478.pdf--END


Most Rev. John C. Wester     Most Rev. James Wall           Most Rev. Oscar Cantú
Archbishop of Santa Fe                   Bishop of Gallup               Bishop of Las Cruces          


NMCCB on the Supreme Court’s Decision on President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Friday, June 24, 2016—IMMEDIATE RELEASE— We the Bishops of New Mexico call on all New Mexicans to pray for the millions of persons whose lives will be affected by the Supreme Court’s decision that Deferred Action for Parent of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will remain blocked nationwide from going into effect. More> En Español>



Congratulations to our newly ordained priests! May God continue to watch over and guide you!

Back row, left to right: Rev. Ted Butler, Rev. JohnPaul Afuecheta, Rev. Michael Niemczak, Rev. Angelo Marquez. Front row, left to right: Rev Michael DePalma, Vocations Director, Archbishop John C. Wester, Archbishop Emeritus Michael J. Sheehan, Rev. Clement Niggel, Associate Director of Vocations, Rev. Leon Vigil.
NEWS RELEASE May 20, 2016: Archbishop John C. Wester to Ordain Five Seminarians to the Priesthood, 10:00 A.M. Mass, Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM More>


Congratulations to our newly ordained Transitional Deacons! God bless you and continue to watch over you!

NEWS RELEASE May 16, 2016 Archbishop John C. Wester to Ordain Four seminarians to the Transitional Diaconate More>




Policy & Guidelines Pertaining to Prohibited Campaign Activities in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. More>



Most Rev. John C. Wester’s Statement on Gov. Susanna Martinez’s “PullTogether” Campaign to Address New Mexico’s Children Poverty Issues

We are happy the conversation about children’s well-being is happening. This is a very positive step. We are encouraged – and I am grateful -- that Governor Martinez is now talking about the social conditions of our children. The need is so great: we rank #1 in children living in poverty in the United States. These numbers are astonishing! That’s not a “first place” we want in our state! More> To listen to Archbishop Wester read his statement, click HERE.

Most Rev. Oscar Cantu’s Statement on Gov. Susanna Martinez’s “PullTogether” Campaign With the recent release of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia on family, we are reminded of the gift of family life to bring love and joy to its members. It saddens me to see the statistics that reflect the disparities our children are living in today in New Mexico. More> To listen to Archbishop Wester read Bishop Cantu's statement, click HERE.



Archbishop John C. Wester: The People Behind Supreme Court's Immigration Case

  • Archbishop John Wester says U.S. v. Texas isn't just about presidential power
  • The case revolves around the lives of up to 6 million immigrants who could be saved from deportation, he says
    Read the full CNN story here







Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Read it here.




Press Release of Archbishop John C. Wester on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia
We in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe give thanks to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for his Apostolic Exhortation"Amoris Laetitia.This welcome teaching on love in the family was fittingly signed by the pope on the feast day of St. Joseph who is the patron saint of the family of the Church, foster father of Jesus and husband of Mary.  In this document, Pope Francis renews the Church's ancient and continuous teaching on mercy as he exhorts pastors and the faithful to allow the compassion of Christ to touch the fabric of our lives, especially our families.  This theme is especially appropriate as we celebrate this Year of Mercy.  More>


Archbishop John C. Wester Hosted "Crossing Borders:  A Symposium on Immigration" ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Monday, February 22, 2016 – IMMEDIATE  RELEASE— Archbishop  John C. Wester is hosting  a Symposium on Immigration on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 6pm to 8:30pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Albuquerque.   He is extending an invitation to all faithful in the archdiocese to join him at this free historic event. More> En Español>  


View Archbishop Wester's interview on immigration and Pope Francis' papal visit to Mexico below:


Archbishop John C. Wester shares his thoughts on the impact of Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico and  immigration with media.   A press conference  followed with other religious and lay leaders including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, USCCB President was held at the Camino Real Hotel, El Paso, TX.  

Archbishop John C. Wester’s Statement On Pope Francis’ Reform of Canonical Procedure for the Annulment of Marriage ALBUQUERQUE – Wednesday, September 9, 2015–IMMEDIATE RELEASE Archbishop John C. Wester has issued the following statement on the Holy Father’s reform of the Canonical procedure for the annulment of the sacrament of marriage...More>


NOTICE: All inquiries regarding the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Sr. Blandina Segala, SC (aka Maria Rosa Segale) should be sent to the Postulator of the Cause, Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces c/o The Petitioner of the Cause Mr. Allen Sanchez 1516 5th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 505.319.3334 or allensanchez@stjosephnm.org

(Photo courtesy Palace of the Governor's Photo Archives (NMHD/DCA) Negative #67735)



Prayer for the Canonization of Sr. Blandina - Click here.

Novena to Sr. Blandina Segale, SC, Servant of God - Click here.

Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:00pm Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan Posted Historical Decree On Cathedral Doors Officially Informing the People of God of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Maria Rosa Segale aka Sr. Blandina Segale, SC. All are welcome! This is the first time in New Mexico's Roman Catholic Church's over 400 year history a decree opening the cause of beatification and canonization has been declared. Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan posted the historical decree officially informing the people of God of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Maria Rosa Segale aka Sr. Blandina Segale, SC. The decree announces the Vatican's immediate permission to open the Sainthood Cause of Servant of God, Sr. Blandina Segale, SC on Sunday, June 29, 2014. The historical event took place at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM the during the La Conquistadora/ Our Lady of Peace Vespers and Procession to Rosario Chapel located at Rosario Cemetery in Santa Fe. A delegation representing the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati included Sr. Victoria Forde, SC, official delegate; Sr. Celestia Koebel, SC, former administrator of St. Joseph Hospital, Albuquerque; and Sr. Monica Luca, SC. (Photo courtesy Palace of the Governor's Photo Archives (NMHD/DCA) Negative #67735) More>


Permission Granted to Open the Sainthood Cause of Servant of God, Sister Blandina Segale, SC Pictured here are Sr. Victoria Marie Forde, Sr. Celestia Koebel, SC, Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces (Postulator) Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe (Judge for the Cause), Sr. Monica Luca, SC, Victor Limary (Board of Directors Vice-Chair CHI St. Joseph's Children), and Allen Sánchez (Petitioner for the Cause, President & CEO of CHI St. Joseph's Children).

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Mobile Safety Begins at Home From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops comes a wonderful guide to help us help our children in the digital age.






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