Archbishop Michael Sheehan to resign

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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