Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup (Latin: Dioecesis Gallupiensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the southwestern region of the United States, encompassing counties in the states of Arizona (Navajo and Apache) and New Mexico (San Juan, McKinley, Cibola, Catron) and parts of Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Bernalillo, and Valencia Counties west of 106,52',41" meridian in New Mexico .[1][2] The mother church is the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, New Mexico.[1]

Diocese of Gallup

Dioecesis Gallupiensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup.svg
Country United States
TerritoryNavajo and Apache Counties in Arizona and San Juan, McKinley, Cibola, Catron and parts of Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Bernalillo, and Valencia Counties in New Mexico
Ecclesiastical provinceSanta Fe
Area55,468 sq mi (143,660 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
60,000 (12.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedDecember 16, 1939 (79 years ago)
CathedralSacred Heart Cathedral
Patron saintOur Lady of Guadalupe
Current leadership
BishopJames S. Wall
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Sacred Heart Cathedral

The Diocese of Gallup is one of three Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States to have territory in more than one state, the others being the Diocese of Wilmington and the Diocese of Norwich.



Pope Pius XII canonically erected the diocese on December 16, 1939, taking its territory from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, of which Gallup is a suffragan.[2][3]

On the weekend of August 31-September 1, 2013, a letter from Bishop Wall was read at all Masses stating that the Diocese of Gallup, in order to address the rising number of sexual abuse claims being made, would seek protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.[4] It filed for bankruptcy November 12, 2013.[5]


The list of bishops of the diocese and their tenures of service:

Bishops of GallupEdit

  1. Bernard T. Espelage, O.F.M. (1940–1969)
  2. Jerome J. Hastrich (1969–1990)
  3. Donald Edmond Pelotte, S.S.S. (1990–2008)
  4. James Sean Wall (2009–present)

Coadjutor BishopEdit

High schoolsEdit

Parishes and missions by state and countyEdit

McKinley County, New MexicoEdit

  1. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Gallup
  2. St Francis of Assisi, Gallup
  3. St Jerome, Gallup
  4. St John Vianney, Gallup

San Juan County, New MexicoEdit

  1. St Joseph, Aztec
  2. St Rose of Lima, Blanco
  3. St Mary, Bloomfield
  4. St Mary's, Farmington
  5. Sacred Heart, Farmington
  6. Holy Trinity, Flora Vista

Cibola County, New MexicoEdit

  1. San Esteban Indian Mission, Acoma
  2. Our Lady of Sorrows, Cebolleta

Catron County, New MexicoEdit

  1. Santo Nino, Aragon

Sandoval County, New MexicoEdit

  1. Immaculate Conception, Cuba

Rio Arriba County, New MexicoEdit

St. Francis of Assisi

Bernalillo County, New MexicoEdit

Valencia County, New MexicoEdit

Apache County, ArizonaEdit

  1. St. Peter's, Springerville
  2. St Helena, Alpine
  3. Our Lady of Fatima, Chinle
  4. San Rafael, Concho
  5. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Fort Defiance
  6. All Saints, Ganado
  7. St John the Evangelist, Houck
  8. St Anne, Klagetoh
  9. St Isabel, Lukachukai
  10. St Anthony, McNary
  11. St John the Baptist, St Johns
  12. St Michael, St Michaels

Coconino County, ArizonaEdit

  1. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Page
  1. St Jude, Tuba City

Navajo County, ArizonaEdit

  1. St Catherine, Cibecue
  2. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holbrook
  3. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Kayenta
  4. St Joseph Mission, Keams Canyon
  5. Our Lady of the Assumption, Overgaard
  6. St Mary of the Angels, Pinetop
  7. St Mary of the Rosary
  8. Station, Tachee
  9. Station, Blue Gap
  10. Station, Forest Lake
  11. Station, Whippoorwill Springs
  12. Station, Hardrock
  13. Station, Kits'iiLi
  14. St Rita, Show Low
  15. Our Lady of the Snows, Snowflake
  16. St Francis, Whiteriver
  17. St Joseph, Winslow
  18. Madre de Dios, Winslow



  1. ^ a b Diocese Of Gallup In New Mexico And Arizona
  2. ^ a b Diocese Of Gallup
  3. ^ Gallup (Diocese) [Catholic-Hierarchy]
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Gallup diocese becomes 9th to file for bankruptcy". Trinity Communications. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.

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