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Archbishop John C. Wester on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Elections 2016
As we near the finish line of this election cycle that ends on Tuesday, November 8th, it is understandable that emotions are running high. This is certainly true for those of us who care deeply about the sanctity of human life, particularly vulnerable human life in the womb. Yet these emotions do not give us license to espouse positions that do not embrace the full moral teaching of our Catholic tradition. Nor do they allow leaders in the Church to endorse or denounce a candidate because of his or her position on a given issue. I once again urge the Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to read, study and reflect on the USCCB document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship www.faithfulcitizenship.org. While this document does not give an exhaustive treatment of Catholic moral teaching, it does give excellent advice to Catholic voters as they prepare to cast their ballots. I also invite you to read my articles on Faithful Citizenship on pages 4-5 in the August, September and October 2016 issues of People of God posted on our website at http://preview.tinyurl.com/7orv24j
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
Teachers of the Year
All Saints Day
Archbishop Wester’s Calendar
October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month
Cremains and the Respect of the Human Body
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> En Español>
Policy & Guidelines Pertaining to Prohibited Campaign Activities in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 “Archdiosf” app. 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.
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