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14.11.20 New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops' Statement on President Obama’s November 20, 2014 Executive Order on Immigration More>

14.06.27 Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:00pm Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan to Post Historical Decree On Cathedral Doors Officially Informing the People of God of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Rosa Maria 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 will post the historical decree officially informing the people of God of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Rosa Maria 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 at 3:00 pm. The historical event will take 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 will include Sr. Victoria Forde, SC, official delegate; Sr. Celestia Koebel, SC, former administrator of St. Joseph Hospital, Albuquerque; and Sr. Monica Luca, SC. More>

14.06.24 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan to Hold Joint Press Conference with CHI St. Joseph’s Children to Announce Vatican’s Immediate Permission to Open the Sainthood Cause of Servant of God, Sister Blandina Segale, SC on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 11:00 AM CHI St. Joseph’s Children Facility 1516 5th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. More>

14.06.19 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan will ordain one seminarian to the transitional diaconate and eleven men to the permanent diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church, Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. The Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM. More>

14.06.03 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan to Ordain Three Deacons to Priesthood and Five Seminarians to Become Deacons in the Roman Catholic Church Saturday, June 7, 2014, Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, 10:00am More>

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan’s Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to
Allow Prayer at Legislative Meetings ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - IMMEDIATE RELEASE--The Supreme Court made the right decision this week when it upheld public prayer at legislative meetings in the United States.  I believe our society has become more secular and God has often times been pushed aside.  We have a long tradition in New Mexico of opening the State Legislature each day with prayer.  Sometimes the prayer is offered by a Protestant, at other times a Catholic or Jewish leader, as well as other religious people.  The practice of prayer before legislative bodies is firmly embedded in the history and tradition of our Country.  I believe this is good for our State and good for our Nation.  The Supreme Court said as long as the prayer does not denigrate non‑Christians or try to win converts, it is in line with the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion.  In my view, this was an excellent decision on the part of the Supreme Court.--END

14.04.03 On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe, met with Pope Francis for the first time during a business trip to Rome, Italy.  Conversing in Italian with him, Archbishop said, “Holy Father, you and I have never met.  This is the first time, but I just want to tell you something.”  Pope Francis said, “What? What?”   Archbishop Sheehan replied, “You’re doing a tremendous ministry as successor of St. Peter.  You’re bringing such hope and joy to the people by your words, your life and your lifestyle.  You’re doing a great job as pope!”  The above photo was taken at this time when the Holy Father smiled and patted Archbishop Sheehan on the hand.

 Archbishop Sheehan had another brief encounter with the Holy Father the next day after he concelebrated Mass with the pope and about 15 other visiting bishops at the pope’s Vatican residence when he presented a gift of a unique rosary handcrafted by Roberto Lavadie, a Taos artist.  The rosary was made from special clay distinct to the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh located near Española, NM.  Once again, Archbishop Sheehan extended his deep gratitude to Pope Francis.

The business trip to Rome was planned a year in advance as part of Archbishop Sheehan’s regular ministry to his seminarians and to conduct archdiocesan business.  He met with archdiocesan seminarians. Traveling with him was Rev. Larry Brito, pastor of San Juan Bautista, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, NM. (Photo courtesy Fotografia Felici)

14.01.17 Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day The Archdiocese of Santa Fe, the Diocese of Gallup and the Diocese of Las Cruces will prayerfully mark the 41th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion with the Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Immediately following the noon Mass at the Cathedral Basilica in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s three bishops (Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe; Most Rev. Oscar Cantu, Bishop of Las Cruces; and Most Rev. James S. Wall, Bishop of Gallup) will lead a prayerful procession to the State Capitol ending with a rally at the Roundhouse. More>

14.01.27 National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools Wednesday, January 29, 2014 The Archdiocese of Santa Fe will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week with a Mass at 10:00am in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe followed by a parade and rally at the New Mexico State Capitol. More>c

Press releases 2013

  • 13.12.19 Statement on Today’s New Mexico Supreme Court’s Ruling
    Regarding Same-Sex Marriage The bishops of New Mexico recognize the New Mexico Supreme Court as the interpreter of the State Constitution.  The Catholic Church respects and loves the gay and lesbian members of our community. We will continue to promote Catholic teaching of the Biblical definition of marriage to be that of one man and one woman.--END
  • 13.11.26 The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation of Los Angeles, CA Awards $1.1 Million Dollar Grant to 400 Year Old San Miguel Church, Socorro, NM ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Tuesday, November 26, 2013—IMMEDIATE RELEASE—The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation of Los Angeles, CA has awarded a $1.1 million dollar grant to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s 400 year old San Miguel Church located at 403 El Camino Real St. NW, Socorro, NM. More> Fact Sheet on San Miguel here.> Fact Sheet on NM Tech here.>
  • 13.11.01 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan to Celebrate Special Mass for the Respect of the Sanctity of Life and the End of Abortion. More>
  • 13.10.04 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan to Present 12th Annual St. Francis of Assisi Awards Friday, October 4, 2013 5:30 PM Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, New Mexico 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>
  • 13.07.13 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan Announces St. John Vianney Mission, Rio Rancho to Become a Parish More>
  • 13.06.19 San Juan Bautista Parish, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo to Celebrate 415th Year Anniversary. First and Oldest Parish in the USA. More >
  • 13.05.15 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan to Ordain Three Men to Become Priests, Two Men to Become Deacons More>
  • 13.05.01 Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan will reconsecrate St. Jude Thaddeus Church Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. prior to the Mass and prescheduled confirmation of sixty-eight confirmandi. More>
  • 13.03.27 NMCCB Statement on Marriage 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>
  • 13.01.30 6th Annual Blue Mass We Honor Police Officers, Firefighters, Military, Emergency Personnel and all First Responders Tuesday, February 12, 2013 11:50 a.m. Archbishop Sheehan will bless the law enforcement animals; 12:00 Noon Mass at St. Pius X High School Gym, Albuquerque, NM. An all-faith community celebration…all are welcome!
    Over 2,200 attendees are expected. More>
  • 13.01.18 Stand Up for Kindness Week January 18-25, 2013 Stand Up For Kindness Week, January 18-25, 2013, is a community-wide initiative to remember the power of kindness. This effort invites everyone to take a stand together by signing a pledge to foster a community where all are treated with respect. It will feature community conversations on bullying prevention as well as school and faith-based education and activities focused on the issue of bullying. More>
  • 13.01.11 New Bishop for Diocese of Las Cruces Pope Benedict XVI has chosen Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez’s, C.S.B, successor. Bishop Ramirez was the first and only Roman Catholic Bishop of Las Cruces. Bishop Ramirez announced the name of his successor Bishop Oscar Cantú, S.T.D, at a press conference at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Thursday, January 10, 2013. More>




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