Archive of Archbishop Sheehan's
Pastoral Letters & Messages


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14.12 Were There Two Synods in Rome? More> En Español>

14.11 Internet Pornography More> En Español>

14.10 Happy Birthday, Archbishop Lamy! More> En Español>

14.09 Lift High the Cross! More> En Español>

14.08 Closing Remarks More> En Español>

14.06 Go and Preach the Gospel! More> En Español>

14.05 Reflections of the Last 50 Years More> En español>

14.04 Retirement? More> En Español>

14.03 What Do You Mean I'm Not Registered! More>

14.02 Ministry to the Inmates of Our Prisons and Jails More>

14.01 Happy New Year! More>

13.12.13 Statement on Assisted Suicide - NMCCB More> Death Penalty, Norte Dame

13.11.10 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan's Op Ed Piece Posted in the Albuquerque Journal. Late Term Abortion Ban Archbishop encourages all Albuquerqueans to vote FOR the proposed ordinance to BAN late term abortion. More>

13.09.27 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan's statement on late term abortion ban on the ballot of the City of Albuquerque. More> En español>

  • 13.06.26 Statement: Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan on Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage I am not surprised, but I am deeply disappointed regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling to strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act and failure to support California’s Proposition 8.   As a result, the definition of Marriage has radically changed.  The repercussions of the Court’s decision will prove to be very difficult for our society and family law.  We respect all our brothers and sisters regardless of sexual identity. However, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe will continue to uphold and defend the Biblical  definition of marriage (Matthew 19:4), the sole union between one man and one woman.

13.03.27 NMCCB's Statement on Marriage More> En español>

13.02.16 Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI has made a courageous decision and I encourage you to keep him in your prayers. For the pope to make the decision to resign effective February 28, 2013 took a lot of prayer, courage and strength. All of us who are senior citizens can attest to the changes in our bodies and energy levels. More> En español>

12.12.24 Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Faith in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe More>

12.11 Canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha By Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan Sunday, October 21, 2012 was a memorable, moving and historic day!  That was the day Pope Benedict XVI canonized St. Kateri Tekakwitha.  I led a pilgrimage to Rome for the event and the majority of the pilgrims were Native Americans from various pueblos, plus from the Navajo Reservation and Mescalero Apache. More>En español>

12.10.I Never Would Have Imagined It is certainly true that moral values in our country have dropped terribly in recent years.  When I was ordained a priest in 1964, I would never have thought abortion, the killing of an unborn child in the womb, would become legal.  I would never have imagined the definition of marriage would become a topic of great disagreement and that so many states would approve of same-sex marriage. More> En español>

12.08 Archbishop's Letter: Catholic Schools – The Crown Jewel of the Catholic Church In a few weeks, our Catholic School students will be heading off to school again.  I recall as a boy growing up in Texarkana, Texas how much I enjoyed Sacred Heart School and how much I learned there not only about the regular subjects but about my Catholic faith.  I remember serving at the school Mass and then trudging the half mile from the church north on Spruce Street to start school.  We had the Ursuline Nuns and they were excellent teachers.  The priests who served in the parish were very fine men who made me interested in becoming a priest myself. More> En español>

12.04 The Problem of Out of Wedlock Births The decline of marriage in our American society is our most ignored national crisis.  Recent studies have shown that more than half of births to mothers under age 30 now occur out of wedlock.  It seems as though we are casting aside the institution of marriage and with it the notion that children should be raised in stable two-parent families.  This is a social catastrophe. (from Time Magazine, March 5, 2012, article by Rich Lowry, page 13) More> En Español

12.02.23 Archbishop asks faithful to read and respond to Cardinal Timothy Dolan's letter regarding the HHS Mandate. More>

12.02.18 Archbishop Sheehan responds to the accommodation to the original HHS Mandate. "It is not acceptable," says Archbishop. More>

12.02 Lenten Message from Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan: 40 Days and 40 Nights Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22, and Easter Sunday is on April 8.  There are 40 days (and 40 nights) in Lent not counting the Sundays.  Lent is, for us Catholics, a very important period in which we prepare by abstaining from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent, fasting which is required on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, special prayer and alms giving for the Resurrection of Jesus which we call to mind on Easter. More> En Español>

12.01.30 An alarming message from Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan regarding the Department of Health and Human Services and every employer being forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception...More>

11.12 Give the Gift of Life - Organ Transplants Life is the greatest gift of all and today it is a gift that can be shared through organ and tissue donations, people have the potential to reach out and do good in this world.  They can save the lives of those who would die without help.  They can give new hope to their families.  They can transform and improve lives like restoring sight, health and wholeness. More> En Español>

11.12.09 Pastoring a Multicultural Church - Keynote address presented to Creighton University, Omaha NE by Archbishop MIchael J. Sheehan More>

11.11 A New Translation for Mass Beginning the First Sunday of Advent by Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan: Some people wonder why we have a new translation. Was the translation that we have used since the 1960s flawed? And if so, why? The answer is that the English translation we have been using was indeed done rather quickly and the translation was in some ways loose and not literal enough for the Holy See. The decision was made by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome to have the new translation which would conform more to the original Latin version. More>

11.10.14 Homily from the Red Mass by Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza. More>

11.10 November: It's Not Just for Eating Turkey! The month of November is usually associated with Thanksgiving Day in the United States and for most it means a meal with turkey.  It is always good for us to be thankful to God for the many blessings he gives us.  And it is always an appropriate holiday to spend with family.  English> Español>

11.09 Parents You Promised (A letter on Confirmation) Every year, around this time I receive a few letters inquiring as to why, in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, children have to wait until they are in high school to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation while some neighboring dioceses grant the Sacrament in elementary years or younger. I am asked if I would consider changing the Confirmation age because it would be easier on the parents to ensure their children are confirmed. More> En Español >

11.08.15 Licenses for all Drivers (A letter from the NMCCB): We strongly support the positive impact that mmigrants have made in our state and nation while, at the same time, we recognize the right of our country to regulate its own borders and to control international immigration. Those controls, however, should be influenced by a sense of justice and mercy in light of the God-given right of people to migrate when faced with grave social or economic dangers. More> En Español>

11.04.03 Cohabitation: We have three groups of people who are living contrary to the Gospel teaching on marriage: those who cohabit; those who have a merely civil union; and those who have a civil union who were married before. More>Cohabitation En Español>

11.06 Solemnity of Corpus Christi This year the Solemnity of Corpus Christi will be celebrated on Sunday, June 26. This is often called Corpus Christi Sunday. It is the Feast to honor the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist – that is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Pope John XXII confirmed this feast by law and Pope Urban IV extended to the Universal Church. Tradition is that St. Thomas Aquinas is the author of the Office of this Feast although it cannot be confirmed. English> Español>

11.01.24 Death Penalty - A Bad Idea - Statement: Governor Susana Martinez has expressed her desire that the death penalty be reintroduced in the State of New Mexico for certain crimes. I believe that repealing the repeal of the death penalty would be a step backwards for our State. More>Death Penalty

11.01.11 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan's letter welcoming in the New Year
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10.12.15 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan’s  Letter to the editor of the  Albuquerque  Journal: "Our 2,000 Year-Old Church Continues to Flourish." More>

10.11.01 Honor We Must Give the Deceased. All Souls Day Pastoral Letter
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10.04.23 The Catholic Campaign for Human Development: A Commitment to Life and Dignity of the Human, People of God Newspaper – April, 2010, Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan     English CCHD | Spanish CCHD Spanish

10.02.24 Death Penalty – A Bad Idea!, Notre Dame University Law School Death Penalty, Norte Dame

09.01.05 Call for Action to Oppose Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)
More> Oppose FOCA

08.10.24 Michael J. Sheehan's Red Mass Homily More> Red Mass Homily

08.07.28 Yes, Catholics do go to Confession!   English | Spanish

08.07.28 How Can We Celebrate the Year of St. Paul?   English | Spanish

05.12.08 Reverence for the Eucharist   English | Spanish

03.11.23 General Instruction of the Roman Missal: GIRM   English | Spanish

03.07.27 150th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe   English | Spanish

02.02.07 Letter to the Editor of the Albuquerque Journal On the Boston Clerical Sexual Misconduct

01.11.04 From Despair to Hope: Drug Abuse in New Mexico   English | Spanish

01.11.04 From Despair to Hope: Drug Abuse in New Mexico - (Additional Ideas for Action Planning)   English | Spanish

01.05 Catholic Relief Services

01.03.04 Sacrament of Reconciliation   English | Spanish

00.11.26 Evangelization

00.03.01 Infant Baptism

99.06.27 Cohabitation and Marriage

99.01.01 Legalized Euthanasia - An Enemy to Civilized Society

98.01.01 Seeds of Struggle, Harvest

97.11.02 To Honor the Dead

96.05 Violations Against the Dignity of Human Life - Doctor Assisted Suicide

95.05 The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist