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Si usted o alguien que usted conoce ha sido víctima de abuso sexual por parte del clero o personal de la iglesia, póngase en contacto con el Coordinador de Asistencia a Víctimas de Abuso Sexual de La Diócesis Católica de Las Cruces, llamando al 575-523-7577, o mandando un correo electrónico aqui.
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.
By Bishop Oscar Cantú
Nuclear Weapons and the Moral Compass
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
April 13, 2015
Registration now open
for the Hispanic Pastoral
February 12, 2015
Diocese of Las Cruces Financial Statements 2013-14
Bishop Cantu is pleased to present the audited financial statements of the pastoral center offices of the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces. These statements are audited by a certified public accountant each year in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. A copy of these STATEMENTS CAN BE VIEWED HERE.
United in Ministry
PROGRESS REPORT 2015
Pledged Applicable to Goal
Parishes Pledged Overgoal
21 of 58
Applicable to Goal
Parishes Paid Goal
Earned Rebates to Date
Data current as of 3/31/2015
"Where will you take your place
in proclaiming the Good News?"
United in Ministry 2015
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