PHOTOS: Wedding Anniversary Mass 2015


United States Conference

of Catholic Bishops

Promotion and Defense of Marriage

June 30, 2015

The New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops

Statement on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


We stand with the many New Mexico’s families who live in poverty and experience hunger. Our state has among the highest rates of hunger and poverty and it is very alarming that more than 30% of our children are experiencing hunger. READ MORE

June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference


WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).


June 10, 2015

Bishops briefed on rollout of environmental encyclical at spring meeting


ST. LOUIS -- Pope Francis’ coming encyclical on the environment will represent “a significant moment in the life of the church,” Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said Wednesday during the annual spring meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Wenski and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., briefed their fellow bishops on the papal document... READ MORE

June 10, 2015

USCCB President Delivers Statement On Race Relations At General Assembly


ST. LOUIS—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), delivered a statement on race relations at their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10.


Baccalaureate Presentation

New Mexico Military Institute

May 15, 2015

Bishop Oscar Cantú, STD


Sometimes the obvious needs to be stated.  Sometimes articulating what we clearly see allows us to acknowledge where we are and to more clearly proceed where we wish to go. ... MORE


Reflections from the Catholic Social Tradition

Keynote Address

Most Rev. Oscar Cantú, Bishop of Las Cruces


Lumen Christi Institute Conference, Chicago

April 30, 2015


Let me begin by stating what an honor it is to be participating in the Lumen Christi conference on the Family in a Changing Economy. I have not been able to attend one of these meetings until now, but I am...



April 27, 2015

Statement on the New Archbishop of Santa Fe


Bishop Oscar Cantú


I am delighted to learn of the news that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop-elect John Wester as the new Archbishop of Santa Fe. I have known the archbishop-elect for several years, have admired his work in the bishops’ conference, and count him among my friends. When he served as chair of the bishops’ Committee on Migration, he was a strong and clear spokesman for the bishops on the Church’s position regarding the dignity of the human person, the importance of family unity, offering a voice for the “stranger.” He has been a respected leader among his flock, in ecumenical and interfaith circles, and among the bishops. I was pleased to have hosted Archbishop-elect Wester last year for our annual pilgrimage to Mount Cristo Rey, as he was our guest presider and homilist. Archbishop Michael Sheehan led the archdiocese faithfully for many years, and witnessed the growth of many positive aspects of the life of the archdiocese. He will now enjoy a well-deserved retirement. I look forward to working closely with the new archbishop in the coming months and years. The priests, deacons, religious, seminarians, and faithful of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe are blessed to have a wonderful shepherd as their leader.

Major Earthquake Hits Nepal: CRS and Caritas Mobilizing Response


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) emergency personnel have landed in Kathmandu to begin helping tens of thousands of people affected by the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday.


A dozen CRS emergency specialists are on the way to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, where many buildings collapsed in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered about 50 miles northwest of the capital city.


Pope Names Bishop of Salt Lake City as Archbishop of Santa Fe

April 27, 2015


WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, 64, as Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Michael Sheehan, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, April 27, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

John C. Wester was born November 5, 1950, in San Francisco. He earned a bachelor’s degree (1972) from Saint Patrick College, in Mountain View, California, and a master’s in divinity (1976) from St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California. He also holds a master’s in spirituality (1984) from the University of San Francisco, and a master’s (1993) from Holy Names College, in Oakland.

He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco on May 15, 1976.

Following ordination, he held numerous assignments including associate pastor of Saint Raphael Parish in San Rafael, California (1976-1979). He served as faculty member, then director of campus ministry, and president of Marin Catholic High School, in Kentfield, California (1979-1986). He was appointed assistant superintendent for high schools for the Archdiocese of San Francisco (1986-1988), and administrative assistant to Archbishop John R. Quinn (1988-1993). He was appointed vicar for clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco (1997-2007).

In 1998, he was ordained auxiliary bishop of San Francisco and appointed to serve as vicar general. From 2005-2006, Bishop Wester served as the apostolic administrator of the archdiocese. On January 8, 2007, he was named bishop of Salt Lake City and was installed on March 14, 2007. He is chairman of the USCCB Communications Committee.

Michael J. Sheehan was born July 9, 1939 in Wichita, Kansas, and ordained a priest of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, on July 12, 1964. He was appointed bishop of Lubbock on March 29, 1993. Pope John Paul II appointed him as archbishop of Santa Fe on August 17, 1993 and was installed on September 21, 1993.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe comprises 61,142 square miles in the State of New Mexico. It has a total population of 1,295,074 people, of whom 323,850, or 25 percent, are Catholic.

Bishop John Wester, center, with El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz, and Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantú in 2014.

Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition

By Bishop Oscar Cantú


Delivered at

Nuclear Weapons and the Moral Compass

Sponsored by

The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See and The Global Security Institute

United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 4

April 9, 2015


I am grateful to the Holy See Mission and the Global Security Institute for sponsoring today’s event, and to the United Religions Initiative, Religions for Peace, and the World Evangelical Alliance for their support.  In particular, I want to thank our host Archbishop Auza for his gracious invitation.


My modest contribution to our discussion will be anchored in the Catholic tradition and in the statements of the Holy See and the U.S. bishops.  I have entitled my remarks “Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition,” borrowing a phrase from the Holy See’s contribution to the December 2014 United Nations meeting in Vienna. READ FULL TEXT

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