Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup

Diocese of Gallup
Dioecesis Gallupiensis
Country United States
Territory Navajo 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 province Santa Fe
Area 55,468 sq mi (143,660 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
60,000 (12.8%)
Parishes 56
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established December 16, 1939 (77 years ago)
Cathedral Sacred Heart Cathedral
Patron saint Our Lady of Guadalupe
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop James S. Wall
Sacred Heart Cathedral

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]


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]

Bishops of the Diocese of Gallup

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

The diocese was sede vacante between 2008-2009. Its former bishop, Donald Edmond Pelotte, was granted a one-year leave of absence on January 3, 2008, to recover from a fall he suffered on July 23, 2007. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, was appointed apostolic administrator sede plena by Pope Benedict XVI for the duration of Bishop Pelotte's absence. On April 30, 2008 the Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation from the pastoral government of the Diocese of Gallup, presented by Bishop Pelotte, in accordance with canon 401 § 2 of the Code of Canon Law.[6]

High schools

Parishes and missions by state and county

McKinley County, New Mexico

  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 Mexico

  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 Mexico

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

Catron County, New Mexico

  1. Santo Nino, Aragon

Sandoval County, New Mexico

  1. Immaculate Conception, Cuba

Rio Arriba County, New Mexico

St. Francis of Assisi

Apache County, Arizona

  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, Arizona

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



Coordinates: 35°31′25″N 108°44′03″W / 35.52361°N 108.73417°W / 35.52361; -108.73417

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