Archbishop Sheehan celebrates his 50th anniversary of Ordination this year! He was ordained a priest on July 12, 1964, installed as First Bishop of Lubbock, TX in June 1983, appointed Apostolic Administrator of Santa Fe in the spring of 1993.

Five months later he was installed as Eleventh Archbishop of Santa Fe on September 21, 1993.

His Excellency was born in Wichita, Kansas to John and Mildred Sheehan, and raised in Texarkana, Texas. He attended both St. John’s High School Seminary and Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Texas. He then furthered his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, from where he obtained a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1965. Sheehan was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on July 12, 1964.

Upon his return to the United States, he served as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in Tyler from 1965 to 1968. Returning to Rome, he earned a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University in 1971. Sheehan served as Assistant General Secretary of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference from 1971 to 1976, and as rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas from 1976 to 1982.

He turned 75 this past July and submitted his resignation letter on his birthday.

"For me, it is a great joy to be together with priests." -Pope Benedict XVI