ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Archbishop Michael Sheehan has officially announced he’s resigning.
In a recorded message played for church-goers Sunday, Sheehan announced he is following church rules that require him to submit a resignation on his 75th birthday in July.
He says he will write his resignation letter on his birthday.
According to the archdiocese, it will be up to the pope to decide when to accept the resignation and when to appoint a replacement.
Sheehan was named archbishop of the archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1993.
This summer will mark his 50 years in the priesthood.