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Archbishop's Letter: An Advent Reflection by
Most Reverend John C. Wester
(Reprinted from People of God, November 2015)
As we approach the holy season of Advent, I thought it would be good to reflect on the meaning of this beautiful time which more and more has come to be neglected in many places. Since the church’s liturgical year begins with the first Sunday of Advent, it is worthwhile to pause and consider the importance of this time of preparation and watchful waiting. Too often, the season of Advent is overshadowed by the "holiday season" as we move too quickly into celebrating Christmas. By the time that the actual solemnity of Christmas arrives, many of us are burned out. We are already tired of all the "Christmas hype." Christmas has become anticlimactic. More> En Español>
Remembrance and prayer for Pearl Harbor
The December issue of People of God, the magazine, is now available online and in your parish!
Inside This Issue
Archbishop’s Letter: Christmas
Archbishop Wester’s Post-Election Statement
Sr. Blandina Segale, SC, Servant of God
Rev. Domme Honored by Parishioners
Rev. Balizan Receives High Honor
Rev. Golden Receives Cardinal Bernardin Award
Black & Native Catholics on a Mission
Archbishop’s Holy Faith Society
Unity in Diversity: A Spiritual
D+E+I Announces Two 2017 Awards
Archbishop's Letter: A Christmas Message
Our world seems enthralled with power. Both nations and individuals are often locked in fierce struggles to exert their will. Nations use military power to achieve their ends even when, as in the Korean Peninsula, they threaten the stability of the entire world. Political parties use the power of communication, especially on the internet, as they vie for control in the chambers of government. And more and more, wealthy candidates use the power of money to get elected to political office. Corporations use their wealth and prestige to influence public opinion and ultimately, to make a profit. Even on a smaller scale, we see the use of power to control, to manipulate or to influence in the home, on the playground and in the workplace, evidenced in domestic violence, bullying at school and ruthless tactics to get promoted. Without a doubt, our world is constantly caught up in power struggles that leave their mark on the faces of countless millions and on the face of the earth itself. More> En Español>
Statement from Archbishop John C. Wester Post-Election
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Friday, November 18, 2016- IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Archbishop John C. Wester has issued the following statement:
The recent presidential election turned out to be a surprise, with a majority of voters suddenly disappointed and a large number suddenly delighted. Nonetheless, it is my hope that Americans voted their conscience, seeking what is best for the good of our country and, I hope, for the common good of all, whether within or beyond our borders. It is also my hope we can work together with the new administration to fulfill the hopes and dreams of our fellow citizens. Unless proven otherwise, I presume President-elect Donald J. Trump will dedicate himself to the well-being of all our fellow citizens and the well-being of those in the global community. His successful presidency, dedicated to serving all people, will be a success for all. More> En Español>
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>
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 email@example.com
(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).
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