CLI (Christian Leadership Institute)

What is CLI?

The Christian Leadership Institute is an intensive 5-day program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. We also have an Adult track for Youth Ministers.  The participants will be challenged to a realization of their real leadership potential.  The institute offers an opportunity for leadership development through an intensive period of learning and community living.  The components of the CLI include:

Skill Workshops which deal with leadership skills and styles, communication skills, planning skills, group dynamics and consensus seeking.

Support Groups offering opportunities to grow in personal faith and awareness. It includes decision making skills, prayer experiences and a call to ministry within the church, as well as lots of personal affirmation.

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Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Saint of the Day for April 24

(1577 – April 24, 1622)

 Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen’s Story

If a poor man needed some clothing, Fidelis would often give the man the clothes right off his back. Complete generosity to others characterized this saint’s life.

Born in 1577, Mark Rey became a lawyer who constantly upheld the causes of the poor and oppressed people. Nicknamed “the poor man’s lawyer,” Rey soon grew disgusted with the corruption and injustice he saw among his colleagues. He left his law career to become a priest, joining his brother George as a member of the Capuchin Order. Fidelis was his religious name. His wealth was divided between needy seminarians and the poor.

As a follower of Francis, Fidelis continued his devotion to the weak and needy. During a severe epidemic in a city where he was guardian of a friary, Fidelis cared for and cured many sick soldiers.

He was appointed head of a group of Capuchins sent to preach against the Calvinists and Zwinglians in Switzerland. Almost certain violence threatened. Those who observed the mission felt that success was more attributable to the prayer of Fidelis during the night than to his sermons and instructions.

He was accused of opposing the peasants’ national aspirations for independence from Austria. While he was preaching at Seewis, to which he had gone against the advice of his friends, a gun was fired at him, but he escaped unharmed. A Protestant offered to shelter Fidelis, but he declined, saying his life was in God’s hands. On the road back, he was set upon by a group of armed men and killed.

Fidelis was canonized in 1746. Fifteen years later he was recognized as a martyr.


Fidelis’ constant prayer was that he be kept completely faithful to God and not give in to any lukewarmness or apathy. He was often heard to exclaim, “Woe to me if I should prove myself but a halfhearted soldier in the service of my thorn-crowned Captain.” His prayer against apathy, and his concern for the poor and weak make him a saint whose example is valuable today. The modern Church is calling us to follow the example of “the poor man’s lawyer” by sharing ourselves and our talents with those less fortunate and by working for justice in the world.

Minute Meditations from Franciscan Media


true friends

The support of friends, especially in times of crisis, is vital to helping us through the emotions that flood and fuel our hearts. They will help us see clearly enough to move through mourning, provide lighter moments, too, especially if we might seem to teeter on the edge of truly losing hope. They will be the personification of God’s unconditional love and help us find even greater spiritual depth.–from: Don’t Panic: How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough

Catholic Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day: God’s enduring love.

We are reminded that almost daily everything is transitory. The world leaders of yesterday are dying off, celebrated sports figures from our youth are now dealing with debilitating illnesses and once fresh-faced celebrities are entering their senior years, which is a reminder that nothing in this world is permanent.

If it were not for our faith in a God who is love, all of this would be depressing. If we permit that love to grow in us, our lives will continue to have purpose and meaning irrespective of what is happening to our bodies. Anyone who has sincerely tried to love without restrictions knows that this constitutes a challenge that is never ending and is not for the faint of heart. However, even in the midst of turmoil, we are able to live with a sense of hope that God’s enduring love will have the final word, no matter what befalls us.

Deirdre Powell

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).

Quinceanera Retreat

The Canossian Spirituality Center, 5625 Isleta Blvd. SW,

Albuquerque, NM is offering the following retreat:

Sunday, June 4, 2017

from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Parents are invited to join their daughter for Mass at 2:00 pm

Facilitated by: Sister Marilu Ibarra

The Quinceañera will have an opportunity to reflect on the human, and the religious aspect of their celebration with a challenge to grow, and an experience of the love of God and of the Church community. Offering: $25.00 includes lunch. Call 452-9402 for more information.

“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works!”

Psalm 139:13-14

Registration form Below:

Quinceneras Retreat June 4

Taize in the Desert

Time: 7:30pm

Date: Friday April 21, 2017

Place: Norbertine Abbey of Santa Maria de la Vid 5825 Coors Blvd SW Albuquerque, NM 87121

Fellowship and refreshments following the service.

Leave the noise of modern life behind for an evening of prayer!  Build your relationship with Jesus Christ through song, scripture, silence and contemplation with the young adults of the Archdiocese!   Attend the next prayer service in the spirit of Taizé, a French monastic community.

All are welcome.  

This is an ecumenical and interdenominational form of prayer.   Taizé is a spirituality that is easy to experience and hard to describe.   Invite your friends and family.

For questions please contact Taylor Kingston at (505)831-8142 or

Taize in the Desert is made possible by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry along with the Norbertine community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey

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Comprehensive Model Training Dates /Locations & Registration

2017 Comprehensive Model Trainings

We will be offering Comprehensive Model Trainings  in collaboration with the Office of Religious Education.

Please note that all locations are open to all.

Below are the dates and the registration form so you can download.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Della @ (505) 831-8142 or


Santa Fe Deanery

Thursday, May 11th – St. John the Baptist 1301 Osage Ave.  Santa Fe, NM  87505                                                                                                              5:30 – 7:30 PM Cost $5 per person (includes dinner)              Registration Deadline: Thursday May 4, 2017

ABC Deanery

Monday, May 15th – Catholic Center- Sandia Rm. 4000 St. Josephs Pl. NW Alb. NM 87120                                                                                             6:00 – 8:00 PM – Cost:$5 per person (includes dinner)      Registration Deadline: Wednesday May 12, 2017

Northeast Deanery

Tuesday, May 31st– Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall 403 Valencia St. Las Vegas, NM  87701                                                                                                 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Cost $5 per person (includes dinner)              Registration Deadline: Wednesday May 24, 2017

 Southeast Deanery

Saturday, June 24th – St. Helen’s 1600 South Ave O. Portales, NM  88130                                                                                                                               11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Cost $5 per person ( includes lunch)Registration Deadline: Friday June 16, 2017

Northwest Deanery

Saturday, June 17th – San Juan Bautista Parish Hall 185 Popaye Ave. Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, NM  87566                                                             10:00 AM – 12:00 noon                                                                                   Registration Deadline: Friday June 9, 2017

For: Pastors, Deacons, CL’s, Middle & High School Youth Ministers & Teachers, Confirmation Teachers, Parish Ministers working with youth

2017 Comprehensive Model Trainings Date and Registration Form


The Lost Meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation

It is sometimes said that Confirmation is a sacrament in search of a theology.

It is indeed true that most Catholics could probably give at least a decent account of the significance of Baptism, Eucharist, Confession, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick, but they might balk when asked to explain the meaning of Confirmation. Perhaps they would be tempted to say it is the Catholic version of a Bar Mitzvah, but this would not even come close to an accurate theological description.

A survey of the most recent theologizing about Confirmation—the Documents of Vatican II, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the 1983 Code of Canon Law, etc.—reveals that this is the sacrament of strengthening, as the term itself (“confirmare” in Latin) suggests.

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