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One Hundred and Fifty-One Couples to be Wed

ALBUQUERQUE- Thursday, February 12, 2003- IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Largest Group in Archdiocesan History

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan announces the celebration of the largest Group Wedding in Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s history. Couples will be married by the Church in five different ceremonies:

Rehearsal Day
Rehearsal Time
Wedding Date
Wedding Time
No. Couples
February 10, 2004 6:00 p.m. February 14, 2004 7:00 p.m. Prince of Peace

12500 Carmel Ave NE

Rev. Michael Shea


February 12, 2004 6:00 p.m. February 14, 2004 1:30 p.m. St. Francis

Santa Fe
Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan


February 13, 2004 6:00 p.m. February 14, 2004 12:00 p.m. OL Guadalupe

1860 Griegos

Very Rev.
Richard Olona, VG


    February 14, 2004   San Jose

2401 Broadway SE

Rev. Dennis Garcia


    February 14, 2004   Mission San Juan Diego Rev. Benedict Begin OFM


February 17, 2004 6:00 p.m. February 20, 2004 6:00 p.m. St. Joseph on the Rio Grande

5901 St. Joseph's Dr. NW

Rev. Frank Prieto


February 19, 2004 6:00 p.m. February 21, 2004 12:30 p.m. Holy Ghost

901 Arizona SE

Rev. Bennett J. Voorhies


Over five-hundred Catholic-married couples responded to the Archbishop Sheehan’s invitation to “Come Home.” Archbishop Sheehan said:

I am very pleased with the response of these commited couples, who had not been married by the Church. These are couples already know what marriage is about. Having lived together for 10, 20, 30, 40 or even 50 years, they have lived a good family life and have raised wonderful children and grandchildren. We rejoice as they now come forward to have their unions blessed so that they can fully participate in the sacramental life of the Church.

With the proper authorization, Deacon Juan Barrajas, Director the Office of Evangelization, provided interested couples specific guidelines and held orientation meetings for over three hundred couples. The majority of the couples were married in civil ceremonies and some have been living together.

Couples who previously had been married by the Church and had not completed the annulment process were informed about the proper procedures required and encouraged to pursue the annulment.

It was stressed throughout their preparation that the wedding ceremony will focus not only on their role as bride and groom, but on the prayer surrounding all the sacramental celebrations.


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