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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.

Press Conference
Archbishop John C. Wester & Community Leaders Respond to Gov. Susanna Martinez’s “PullTogether” Campaign to Address New Mexico’s Children Poverty Issues
Monday, May 2, 2016 3:00 PM
The Catholic Center, Sandia Room
4000 St. Joseph’s Pl NW, Albuquerque, NM  87120
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Monday, May 2, 2016 – Archbishop John C. Wester will host a press conference today, May 2, 2016 at 3:00pm at the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic Center in Albuquerque in response to Gov. Susanna Martinez’s announcement regarding the disparities many of New Mexico's children are facing and proposed solutions. 

The speakers today include Archbishop Wester on behalf of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops; Ruth Hoffman, Executive Director of the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry; Veronica Garcia, Executive Director of Voices for Children; and Allen Sánchez, President of CHI St. Joseph. –END



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>


The April edition of People of God, the magazine, is now available online and in your parishes. Pick one up after Mass!

Table of Contents
Archbishop's Letter: Christ is Risen! Allelulia!
Missionaries of Mercy
Men Under Construction
Catholic Education
Archives: Archbishop Lamy
For Our Marriage
2016 Confirmation Schedule
Social Media and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe - Like Us!
Pilgrimage with Archbishop John C. Wester


Archbishop's Letter: Christ is Risen! Allelulia! To all in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, I wish the fullness of Christ's Easter peace, praying that our risen Lord will deepen within each of us the profound and abiding joy that belongs to those who, through baptism,  have died with Christ and are one with Him in His resurrection.  In a particular way, I welcome with great joy our elect and candidates into full communion with us as we celebrate Christ's victory over sin and death. After forty days of fasting, almsgiving and prayer we enter fifty days of rejoicing and celebration, thanking God our Father for drawing us to Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit. Without a doubt, we are truly God's people and "Alleluia" is our song! More> En Españoll


Click here for the 2016 Confirmation schedule.



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>

Archbishop John C. Wester Receives Pallium


Archbishop John C. Wester Formally Received Pallium Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, served as Pope Francis’ representative.
Archbishop John C. Wester was installed as our 12th Archbishop of Santa Fe on June 4, 2015 in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, NM.  On June 29, 2015, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, the liturgical event that recognizes the martyrdom of the two apostles and the foundation of the Roman church, Archbishop Wester joined 45 of his newly-named metropolitan archbishop brothers representing 34 countries to meet with Pope Francis, concelebrate Mass and receive their sacred palliums at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
During the Mass, Pope Francis blessed and distributed the palliums, his gift to each archbishop.  This was a break from the 32-year-old custom in which the Holy Father previously conferred the palliums on the new archbishops in attendance.   For more information regarding the pallium, please refer to Archbishop Wester’s column in the October issue of People of God on page 3. To listen to part of Archbishop Wester's homily, click here.


Catholicism and the Challenge of Ecology. View this CNS video:


Archbishop John C. Wester's Homily from Installation Vespers June 3, 2015 Grateful to Archbishop Viganó, brother bishops, my family, my friends from San Francisco and Utah and all guests.  Know it is a journey and I deeply appreciate your time, expense and effort. Grateful in a special way for all from Santa Fe Archdiocese. Your hospitality and warm welcome have been a great grace for me. More > En Español>



Meet our new archbishop!

(courtesy of KRQE Channel 13)

Archbishop Wester speaks during press conference after being named archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M.
Archbishop John C. Wester speaks during an April 27 press conference in Santa Fe, N.M., after being named to lead the archdiocese. Archbishop Wester, who is currently serving as bishop of Salt Lake City, succeeds Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, who turned 75 last year. (CNS photo/Leslie M. Radigan, Archdiocese of Santa Fe)





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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