We give thanks to our newly ordained priests and all our seminarians! Many blessings on all our students and teachers. Have a wonderful and Safe summer!

Welcome, bienvenido!


San Ignacio in Albuquerque to Celebrate 100 Year Anniversary, 1916– 2016, Sunday, July 31, 2016 9:30 A.M. Mass at 1300 Walter St NW Albuquerque, NM  87102 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.


Most Reverend John C. Wester
Archbishop of Santa Fe
invites one and all to attend a free public lecture

“Catholics and American Freedom:  A Short History”


Dr. Kathleen Holscher
Endowed Chair of Catholic Studies at UNM
Assistant Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fine Arts Center
St. Pius X High School
5301 St. Joseph Place NW
Albuquerque, NM  87120

6:00 p.m. Arrival
6:30 p.m. Lecture
7:10 p.m. Question and Answer Session

This will be a great opportunity for priests, deacons, religious, lay ministers,
Catholic School teachers/students, Confirmation students, and history buffs!
(No need to register.)


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>


Archbishop John C. Wester issued the following statement regarding the Dog Head Wildfire affecting portions of Bernalillo and Torrance Counties.
"I  pray for all those in harm's way and for all first responders and volunteers fighting the fire.  The  Archdiocese of Santa Fe joins all in prayer and stands ready to support in any way those who are affected by this emergency."
For the latest news regarding the fires visit:

  • US Forest Service – Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands Facebook


Prayer for Rain
O God, in whom we live and move and have our being,
Grant us sufficient rain, so that, being supplied with what sustains us in this present life,
we may seek more confidently what sustains us for eternity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Roman Missal)


Archbishop John C. Wester Expresses Deepest Sympathy and Profound Condolences Regarding Orlando Mass Shooting
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Monday, June 13, 2016— IMMEDIATE RELEASE— Archbishop John C. Wester has made the following statement regarding the Orlando mass shooting. More>


USCCB President Reacts to "Unspeakable Violence in Orlando;

Offers Prayers for the Victims

June 12, 2016

 A statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this terrible act. The merciful love of Christ calls us to solidarity with the suffering and to ever greater resolve in protecting the life and dignity of every person.


The June/July edition of People of God, the magazine, is now available online and will be distributed to your parish the weekend of June 11-12. Pick one up after Mass!

Table of Contents
2016 Ordinations
Archbishop's Letter: Laudato Si'
Priestly Ordinations
Transitional Diaconate Ordinations
Happy Anniversary, Archbishop Wester!
Year of Mercy
Fortnight for Freedom
St. Felix Day in Rio Rancho
Catholic Education
World & National News






Archbishop's Letter: Laudato Si'

It has been one year since Pope Francis released his landmark encyclical letter on ecology, Laudato Sí, and I fear this election season shows us that our country as a whole has not yet reckoned with its powerful message. While covering a host of ecological issues, Pope Francis points to the deepest cause of our societal problems—our disconnection from one another. We see this disconnection most clearly in the issue of climate change: while seas rise and diseases spread in a warming climate, we have yet to seriously discuss solutions to the problems hitting our common home. Pope Francis gives us the moral and spiritual framework to realize our interconnectedness and to do right by our sisters and brothers around the world and future generations. More>

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).

We’re excited to announce the release of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s free official mobile “Archdiosfapp. The Archdiosf  app is available for both Apple and Android devices. You can enjoy exclusive local, national and international content 365 days a year.  Read press releases, the People of God newspaper, New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops updates, Mi Casa Su Casa, PMD Express, and much more.

You will have access to the archdiocese’s 92 parishes, archdiocesan staff, push notifications, one-touch access to the archdiocese’s webpage, our social media platforms, and calendar of events. There is also an electronic guide of sacramental guidelines and policies, and a photo gallery.
You can also use the Archdiosf app to sign up to receive Archdiocese of Santa Fe press releases as well as updates from the NMCCB directly to your email account. 
The official Archdiosf app is available for the iPhone in the Apple Store and Android on Google Play. Download it now to stay updated with all the Good News of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.  It’s a great way to keep the church with you at all times!


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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