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Congratulations to our newly ordained priests Rev. Francisco Carabajal Barajas, Rev. Robert Bustamante and Rev. Christopher Hallada. God bless you in your new journey.

Welcome, bienvenido!


We invite you to view Archbishop John C. Wester's new blog.
UPDATED June 7, 2017.
Archbishop John C. Wester's Blog

The June/July issue of People of God, the magazine, is now available online and will be delivered to your parish this weekend, June 10, 2017!

Inside this Issue

Diaconate Ordinations
Archbishop’s Letter:  Catholic Principles of Migration
Priest Ordinaations
V Encuentro
USCCB: Paris Agreement
Social Justice
Catholic Schools
How Faith Drives Hope
Promise to Protect
Archbishop's Calendar





With great joy and gratitude we present our new priests ordained by Archbishop John C. Wester for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe following their ordination Mass on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM.

The newly ordained pictured in the front row with Archbishop John C. Wester and Archbishop Emeritus Michael J. Sheehan are: Rev. Francisco Carabajal Barajas, Rev. Robert Bustamante and Rev. Christopher Hallada. Also pictured are Rev. Michael DePalma, ASF Director of Vocations; Rev. Clement Niggel, Associate Director of Vocations; and our recently ordained Transitional Deacons Christopher Martinez, Tai Pham and John Kimani



Presenting the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Transitional Diaconate Class of 2017.
Archbishop John C. Wester ordained four seminarians Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Our Lady of LaVang Parish in Albuquerque.  Pictured here with Archbishop Wester are Rev. Mr. John Kimani, Rev. Mr. Christopher Martinez, Rev. Mr. Jason Pettigrew, Rev. Mr. Tai Pham.
Back row: Rev. Clement Niggel, Rev. Michael DePalma, Archbishop Emeritus Michael J. Sheehan




No Tortilla Tax
Tortilla Rally Against Food Tax
Food Tax is not a tax reform; it is just shifting the burden to the poor and working families.
May 23, 2017

What: Press Conference and Tortilla Rally to oppose a regressive tax on the most hungry in New Mexico

When: TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 24th at 2:00 pm

Where:  New Mexico State Capitol, Rotunda, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Who: Allen Sánchez, Executive Director, Conference of Catholic Bishops, James Jimenez, Executive Director, New Mexico Voices for Children, Jessa Bunker, Public Policy Director, CHI St. Joseph’s Children, Parent Leader, Partnership for Community Action, Ruth Hoffman, Executive Director, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, others
Albuquerque, N.M. – Tomorrow, Wednesday May 24, 2017 New Mexico for the second year in a row ranks #2 highest for children living in hunger. Across the state, 1 in 4 children are at risk of not having enough food to eat. As we enter the special session, Governor Martinez has said that the food tax is ‘OK’ if it is a part of a larger tax reform effort. Taxing food is only a shift of tax burden from the rich to the hard working families of New Mexico. We ask Governor Martinez and all legislators to reject a tax on food. As New Mexicans struggle with high rates of child poverty and high rates of unemployment we cannot pass a tax that will make it harder for families to get food on the table.

Visuals: Six thousand tortillas to be donated to food banks. 

***Press interested in attending should email or call



Abide in Christ: Laws Are Meant to Protect People, Not Break Them
As an archbishop, one of my key responsibilities is to promote unity in our local Church of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.  With this in mind, I could not help but be saddened to learn that a statement I recently issued regarding immigration in light of recent presidential executive orders was seen, in the minds of some, as being divisive.  A few wrote to me to say, among other things, that they are dismayed at my apparent lack of respect for our immigration laws.  Even though this is a complex topic and not one easily addressed in the space of this article, I thought it might be helpful to point to some of the areas I see as pertinent to this discussion, hoping that even a brief exposition may promote a greater understanding and lead to greater unity. More>


New Mexico's Early Childhood Programs Remain Unfunded

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Wednesday, May 03, 2017— IMMEDIATE RELEASE— This is a sad day for the future of New Mexico's young children. Early childhood programs remain unfunded.

We congratulate Santa Fe for elevating the issue of child well-being to the forefront and thank proponents for their earnest work. The May 2, 2017 vote on the "Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax" has brought New Mexico's startling statistics to the public square. We are currently ranked 49th in child well-being, number one in the highest number of children living in poverty and have the second highest rate of children living in hunger in the USA. This effort is so critical and we encourage the City of Santa Fe to continue to seek remedies and solutions for funding early childhood programs because the unmet need for these State programs continues to be $406 million.

We take the opposition at their word for "finding a better way". For seven years, a proposal has been made to New Mexico's state legislators to fund early childhood programs from the Land Grant Permanent Fund, which is not a tax. This proposal is a call for New Mexico's senators to vote for the passage of the Constitutional Amendment for early childhood education. Contact: Allen Sanchez 505.319.3334—END


San Felipe de Neri Church
Tabernacle with Blessed Eucharist Returned

 ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Wednesday, April 26, 2017— IMMEDIATE RELEASE –San Felipe de Neri Church’s holy tabernacle with the sacred Eucharist has been returned.  “Our prayers have been answered,” said Reverend Andrew J. Pavlak, pastor, who personally retrieved the sacred vessel late Tuesday afternoon, April 25,2017 after receiving a call from a distressed anonymous caller informing him they had it in their possession and wanted to return it. San Felipe de Neri is Albuquerque’s oldest parish. The church is located at 2005 North Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104.

The tabernacle was stolen from San Felipe’s Father Donato Gaspari Adoration Chapel on Easter Monday, April 17, 2017.  The missing antique brass tabernacle, worth about $4,000, has been returned to the adoration chapel located inside the Church.   Rev. Pavlak said though the tabernacle was slightly damaged, he is grateful the thieves had the wisdom to return it with the Blessed Sacrament (the very presence of the body and blood of Jesus) inside.  “When I arrived, and saw the blessed sacrament, I prayed with the person who called and returned it.  The experience reminded me of that first Easter when Mary Magdalene was at first confused, then delighted.  For when Jesus called her name, ‘Mary,’ and she responded in awe and joy, ‘Rabbouni,’ which means teacher, he then commissioned her to, ‘Go and tell my brothers to meet me in Galliee.’  Then, she went as the first preacher of the resurrection and did as Jesus instructed her.  I believe this Easter miracle of our tabernacle being returned WITH THE BLESSED SACRAMENT intact, is nothing short of just that, A MIRACLE.”  

New security measures will be implemented before the Adoration Chapel is reopened.  Donations were coming in for the replacement tabernacle which will now be used to purchase security cameras and a more updated digital recording locking system for the door to the chapel. More>


Archdiocese of Santa Fe Endorses
City of Santa Fe Tax for Early Childhood

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Wednesday, April 19, 2017— IMMEDIATE RELEASE— The Archdiocese of Santa Fe endorses the proposed soda tax by the City of Santa Fe in order to fund early childhood programs. New Mexico ranks number one in the United States for children living in poverty and second highest for children living in hunger. Because of the New Mexico State Senate’s lack of action to fund early childhood programs, municipalities are left with few choices. More>



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




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


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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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>


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

(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. Casino Online Deutschland

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