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17.03.15 Archbishop John C. Wester Calls Senators to Address Child Well-Being Head On
Thursday, March 16, 2017
10:30am New Mexico State Capitol, Room 310 Santa Fe, New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Wednesday, March 15, 2017— IMMEDIATE RELEASE— House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1-Permanent Funds for Early Childhood) makes it further than it has in years by clearing the House of Representatives to then get tabled in the Senate Rules Committee.

Archbishop John C. Wester calls on State Senators to negotiate a compromise for our children instead of outright tabling a resolution that would provide resources for early childhood education. New Mexico ranks first in the nation in child poverty. New Mexico is facing a crisis and solutions that address child poverty like HJR1 must be passed this 2017 legislative session.

WHAT: Press conference to discuss prioritizing child well-being in New Mexico
WHEN: Tomorrow, March 16, 2017, 10:30 am
WHERE: New Mexico State Capitol, Room 310
WHO: Most Rev. John C. Wester, Representative Antonio "Moe" Maestas (D-Albuquerque) and Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque)

For more information, contact Allen Sánchez, Executive Director, New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops 505.319.3334 or allensanchez@stjosephnm.org--END


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17.03.06 NMCCB Statement on the Dignity of Human Life We the bishops of the State of New Mexico speak for the Catholic Church.  We work to uphold the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death through our pastoral ministries and through our legislative advocacy via the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops.  We encourage individuals to live and proclaim their faith; however, they must be steadfast in stating they speak for themselves and do not speak for the Catholic Church. More> En Español

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

Inside this Issue

Archbishop’s Letter:  Embody the Good Samaritan
NMCCB Statement on the Dignity of Human Life
Pontifical Good Friday Collection
Installation of Lectors
2017 Lenten Services
CRS Rice Bowl
V Encuentro
D+E+I Awardees
Catholic Education
Fr. Scott McKee and the Power of Prayer
Confirmation Schedule
The Sultan and the Saint
2017 National Conference of Catholic Chaplains




Abide in Christ: Embody the Good Samaritan, People of God, March 2017
In these past few weeks, we have seen the immigration debate in our country reach new levels of emotional intensity, an intensity that often creates more heat than light.  In response to the presidential executive orders regarding immigrants and refugees coming to the United States and those already here, some are elated, others scared and still others confused.  The conversations I have been hearing often revolve around a concern for the rule of law, the fear of newcomers bringing acts of terrorism to our land and the desire to protect and preserve our way of life.  These are not unimportant issues, but they are complex and they do not admit to easy solutions.  For more than ten years, I have been speaking and writing about these very points, laying out the Catholic Church’s teaching about welcoming the stranger in our midst.  In studying these issues, I am convinced that we can build bridges, not walls, that we can keep our country safe and our culture intact, and that we can find a path toward comprehensive immigration reform that respects the rule of law and still welcomes those who come to our shores, those who quite often are fleeing violence, persecution and hardship. More> En Español >


Pastoral Letter from Archbishop John C. Wester to our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters
Dear Brothers & Sistersof the Immigrant Community in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe,
As your archbishop, I address you today to reiterate what I have said many times: You are a blessing to our Church and to our community!
That being said, I know this has been a stressful week for many in the immigrant community. I know there is fear because of President Donald Trump's possible changes to policies on immigration and the threat of a wall being built on the US-Mexico border. More> En Español



From the USCCB Migration & Refugee Services (MRS):  We have provided “Know Your Rights:  Preparation Encounters with Immigration Enforcement” videos.  To view those videos (“Nine Ways to Protect Yourself”) for English click here.  En Español haga clic aqui.  For other resources, click here.

The videos are short reminders of important Know Your Rights points and they are not intended as legal advice. Rather, they are education and awareness materials to help remind people of their rights when encountering ICE. We urge all undocumented individuals to seek legal advice from a qualified immigration attorney or accredited representative.

We will continue to work to protect our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters. We welcome working together to support and lift up immigrant and refugee voices at this time.


Pastoral Letter from Archbishop John C. Wester to our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters



Carta Pastoral del Arzobispo John C. Wester a nuestros hermanos y hermanas inmigrantes


17.02.03 Archbishop John C. Wester on the Executive Orders Relating to Immigrants and Refugees
In light of recent Executive Actions by President Trump, I am deeply concerned for many of our people in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and beyond who feel afraid and isolated.  Indeed, during these unsettled times, there are quite a few of us who can easily give into the feeling that we are not safe and that we are in imminent danger from terrorists and other extremists.  As a pastor, I believe that it is important to recognize and distinguish between real threats that should concern us and unreal threats that provoke fear because of rhetoric designed to play upon our anxieties as a society.  Jesus offers us an alternative: to act out of love and not out of fear. More>


Click below to watch KOAT's interview: Archbishop Wester speaks out on immigration policy:

What is your response to President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration?

We are very distressed at the news that we’re hearing these last couple of days. For us, it’s a very dark time in our history because our gospel values, as well as our American values, speak very clearly about the dignity of the human person. More>




Listen to Archbishop Wester’s message about why we should give to ACA 2017!  For more information, visit their website here.


"Todo lo que Dios nos pide es que le expresemos gratitud a él y a su cuerpo, que es la Iglesia, por todo lo que se nos ha dado." Arzobispo John C. Wester


The Pope: Welcome the Needy

Archbishop John C. Wester's statement regarding rejection of Food Tax More>

Archbishop John C. Wester to Hold Press Conference To Reject Reinstatement of Food Tax (Tortilla Tax) New Mexico ranks second highest in the nation for children living in hunger  and the first highest for children living in poverty. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:00 A.M. The Catholic Center 4000 St. Joseph’s Pl NW Albuquerque, NM  87120

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Monday, December 19, 2016— IMMEDIATE RELEASE— Archbishop John C. Wester calls on all New Mexicans to reject the proposed reinstatement of the food tax.  New Mexico ranks second highest in the United States for children living in hunger and the first highe\st for children living in poverty. More>


United States Conference of Bishops Approve Canonical Step for the Sainthood Cause of
Sister Blandina Segale, SC, Servant of God

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Tuesday, November 15, 2016- IMMEDIATE RELEASE— Today, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was consulted on the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Sister Blandina Segale. SC, Servant of God. Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, presented the biography of the Sister Blandina Segale to the USCCB members during their annual Fall General Assembly held November 14-16, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, KY the USCCB President, posed the question for approval of the beatification and canonization of Sister Blandina Segale to the U.S. Bishops as a collegial body, asking if they supported the advancing of the Cause; the Bishops voted unanimously: YES. Episcopal consultation is a step in the Catholic Church's process toward declaring one a saint. More>



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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.


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>


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


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.


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






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






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.  


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!


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