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About the New Mexico
Conference of Catholic Bishops

The New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops is the association of three Catholic dioceses of the State of New Mexico. The Conference includes the three Catholic bishops of New Mexico: Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Bishop Oscar Cantu of the Diocese of Las Cruces, and Bishop James S. Wall of the Diocese of Gallup with Allen Sánchez as the Executive Director of the Conference and Deacon Steve Rangel as the Associate Director. The Conference is the public policy voice of the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico.

The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good of humankind by addressing issues of moral concern and social justice as seen through the eyes of the Catholic faith. The Conference informs and educates its members and the public about those issues and encourages all to advocate for those issues and the betterment of humankind. 



Allen Sanchez & Deacon Steve Rangel

Executive Director Allen Sánchez & Associate Director Deacon Steve Rangel

NMCCB Statement on Marriage Wednesday, March 27, 2013 In these most sacred days when our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrate the Feast of Passover, and we Christians recall the saving actions of Jesus Christ, the eyes of our state and nation have been diverted to the halls of government to await authoritative interpretations of the law of the land regarding the age-old institution of marriage.  We, the Catholic bishops of New Mexico, wish, in these circumstances, to reiterate our belief in the definition of marriage as a life-long bond between one man and one woman. More> En español>

Our Mission and Purpose

  • Voicing concerns for human life and the social and moral issues facing us today.
  • Mobilizing and encouraging faithful Catholics to integrate their faith and morals into their public life.

One of the major functions of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops is to review, discuss, and make recommendations concerning legislative bills that are being presented and considered during the legislative sessions held every year in Santa Fe. The Conference informs and educates the public and legislators about what the Catholic Church teaches on the moral and social justice issues facing the state and to encourage Catholic citizens to advocate for those issues.

"Faithful citizenship calls Catholics to see civic and political responsibilities through the eyes of faith and to bring our moral convictions to public life." (Faithful Citizenship, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)

We invite you to join us as Catholic citizens to become informed about the issues and to make "our voices" heard as well as the voices of those who can't speak for themselves. For further information on legislative issues and upcoming bills visit our links.


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