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Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan

Deceased: 2023-06-03

Diocese: SANTA FE

Seminary Graduation Year: 1965

CSM Graduation Year: 1971

It is with sadness and profound faith in the Risen Christ, Most Reverend John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe, announced that Most Reverend Michael Jarboe Sheehan, Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Fe, passed away June 3, 2023. Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan, a beloved spiritual leader, was born on July 9, 1939, and dedicated his life to the service of God and his community, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those around him. He was ordained on July 12, 1964, in Rome, Italy by Auxiliary Bishop Filippo Pocci for the Diocese of Dallas, was installed as the eleventh Archbishop of Santa Fe on September 21, 1993, and retired June 4, 2015.

Archbishop Sheehan’s peaceful departure brings to an end a remarkable journey that spanned over eight decades, during which he selflessly guided countless individuals on their spiritual path and worked tirelessly to uplift the lives of those in need. Known for his unwavering faith, compassionate nature, and profound wisdom, he leaves a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations.

Throughout his tenure as the Archbishop of Santa Fe, Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan led with unwavering dedication, offering solace, guidance, and hope to his flock. His genuine love for the Church and unwavering commitment to its teachings were evident in his every action as he strove to promote unity, compassion, and understanding among all believers.

Beyond his pastoral responsibilities, Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan was deeply committed to social justice, evangelization, and worked tirelessly to abolish the death penalty in New Mexico. He championed initiatives aimed at eradicating poverty, promoting equality, and ensuring the well-being of the most vulnerable members of society. His unwavering advocacy for human rights and dignity earned him the respect and admiration of people from all walks of life. On June 17, 2003, he was named Apostolic Administrator of Phoenix until December 20, 2003, and was elected the Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops November 12, 2003 – December 1, 2006.

Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan’s impact reached far beyond the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, as he actively engaged with interfaith communities and fostered dialogue and understanding between denominations. His commitment to ecumenism and interfaith collaboration served as a guiding light for promoting peace, harmony, and unity among diverse communities.

The loss of Archbishop Emeritus Michael Jarboe Sheehan will be deeply felt by the Roman Catholic Church, the local community, and countless individuals. His motto, “Love One Another Constantly,” will continue to inspire and guide the faithful to uphold the values he held dear.

As the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan is mourned, let us remember his life as a testament to the power of faith, love, and service. In the coming days, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe will provide information. on funeral arrangements and opportunities for the community to honor and celebrate the life of this remarkable spiritual leader.

Archbishop Wester said, “He was a faithful servant of the Lord who loved this local Church and all its priests, deacons, religious and lay faithful. May Archbishop Sheehan rest in peace and may his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, brother priests, friends, and all those who were blessed by the grace of Archbishop Emeritus Michael Jarboe Sheehan. May he rest in eternal peace.