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September 12, 2017
Letter from Archbishop John C. Wester to Introduce List of Accused Priests, Deacons & Religious
More> En Español> (revised 09.15.17)

September 5, 2017
Archbishop John C. Wester's Statement of DACA

Tuesday, September 5, 2017–IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Archbishop John C. Wester has issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision on DACA: 

I am deeply troubled by the president's decision today to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects more than 800,000 young immigrants from deportation.  In my judgment, DACA has stood as a counterpoint to the voices of exclusion and now, without the action of Congress, this crucial support for these young immigrants has been taken away. More>



The Archdiocese of Santa Fe and Catholic Charities of New Mexico are working collaboratively to provide relief assistance to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. To donate, visit or click here. More>

Archbishop John C. Wester Expresses Deepest Condolences to the Victims and Family Members of the Clovis-Carver Public Library Shooting. More>

The September issue of People of God, the magazine, is now available online and is available in your parish this weekend, September 9, 2017!

Inside this Issue

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Abide in Christ:  September 27, 2017:  A Day to Save
You Can Help:  #HurricaneHarvey
Feed the Hungry Day 09.30.17
AZ & NM Bishops Statement on DACA
Archdiocese of Santa Fe Mission Office
Social Justice
Catholic Charities
African American Catholic Community
Catholic Schools News
Making Room – Catholic Extension
World & National News
Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal
Archbishop Wester’s Calendar



Archbishop's Letter: Abide in Christ
September 2017, People of God
September 27: A Day to Save. Together, you and Pope Francis can lead the world in helping migrants and refugees.

 “The future is made of you, it is made of encounters.” Pope Francis

In this series examining Catholic teaching on migration, my last column addressed what are called the root causes of migration, or the push-pull factors that force people to migrate in the first place.  Now, I have learned that Pope Francis is calling us to action and I invite you to respond. More> En Español>

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

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>


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.

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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