Ministries of the Cathedral Basilica

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The Altar Society of Saint Francis of Assisi Cathedral Basilica

The Altar Society of Saint Francis of Assisi was established in 1921 for the purpose of serving the cathedral parish with the ministry of caring for church and in response to St. Francis’ summons by Christ to “Rebuild my Church.”  It continues to this dat as an active ministry.
The motto of the Altar society is “the work of the altar should be a labor of love” and while that is certainly true, it is an indescribable privilege to care for the church environment, altars, sanctuaries, flowers and linens. The Altar Society works closely with other pastoral committees, church members and priests to meet the numerous decorative, social and liturgical functions throughout the church year. Apart from cleaning the church, and hosting multiple parish, diocesan and inter–parish events, the members of the Altar Society come together to grow in holiness as they meet the needs of the Church.

The Altar Society meets on the third Wednesday of every month for approximately an hour and a half to plan and coordinate upcoming events.  Both men and women are eligible to join the Altar Society for a modest membership fee of only $25 per year. Members may be active, by coming to the meetings and participating to the degree that they can in scheduled events, or working from home, or inactive by contributing their membership fees to the activities of the church.
Consider becoming an integral part of the cathedral community by joining us at the Altar Society in our labor of love which is one of inestimable grace and joy.  Contact the President to learn more.

Michele Gubernatis, President      C:505.690.9532


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Nuestra Señora la Conquistadora Our Lady of Peace

The Cofradia del Rosario is a confraternity which was founded in Spain during the 1650's and had adopted Our Lady as their patroness. The earliest known document relating to a confraternity associated with La Conquistadora dates to 1685. The constitution of the confraternity states that the purpose of the organization shall be to promote devotion to the Mother of God, under the title of La Conquistadora - Our Lady of Peace, and to perform the upkeep and maintenance of both her chapels at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and the Rosario Chapel.

The officers have the responsibility to protect, preserve and care for the images of La Conquistadora and La Peregrina, as well as their wardrobe, jewels and gifts. They also make all the necessary preparations for the annual La Conquistadora processions, novena Masses and special events. The membership works to keep and preserve the traditions handed down to us by our ancestors. The Cofradia strives to preserve these traditions so that future generations will continue to rejoice in the love and blessings of Our Lady under her title of La Conquistadora, Our Lady of Peace.

How to join La Cofradia de La Conquistadora 

Membership is open to any person who has a devotion to the Mother of God and sho wants to participate actively in the unique devotion of Santa Fe and New Mexico under the historic and sacred title of "Our Lady of the Rosary, La Conquistadora." Anyone may join by inscribing their name at St. Francis Cathedral Office, through the Cofradia officers or by writing to:

La Cofradia de la Conquistadora
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
PO Box 2127
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2127

Membership fee and annual dues are minimal. Additional offerings of devotion may be made at any time. Membership entitles confrade to participate in all Cofradia intention Masses celebrated year-round on all the important Marian and other significant feast days throughout the year, as well as the double set of novena Masses annually. Dues help defray expenses of candles and flowers at the Capilla de La Conquistadora in the Cathedral, year round and also are used for upkeep, maintenance and restorations at the Rosario Chapel where the majority of the Novena Masses are held. Members are also included in the intentions of pilgrimage services and Masses at Our Lady's altar. A membership card will be sent as a reminder of your participation.


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Cathedral Docents

Our Church is a friendly and welcoming parish. We need docents that will welcome our visitors when they arrive. Many come with questions about our historic Cathedral Basilica. Our gracious docents greet them and answer their questions. We want visitors to leave enriched from having benefited from a wonderful and holy place.  Contact or 505.955.8866.


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Ecumenical Ministries

In response to our call to be involved in the world about us, members of the Ecumenical Committee at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi are concerned with promoting Christian unity among faith communities through greater cooperation and understanding.

The Ecumenical Committee of the Downtown Churches is represented by members of the Cathedral Basilica, First Presbyterian Church, and Holy Faith Episcopal Church. Together we share Santa Fe’s long and rich history of faith. We welcome all as members to one Christian family in a number of faith events, including:
*The Palm Sunday Procession to remember Christ’s entry into Jerusalem;
*Las Fiestas events, including the Pet Parade and the Candlelight Procession to Martyr Hill; and
*An afternoon of Las Posadas to recognize our call to provide hospitality to the Holy Family and to one another.
The Ecumenical Committee of the Downtown Churches also sponsors lectures. Members of the three churches meet four times during the year; smaller subcommittees meet to organize events.


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Knights of Columbus Council 1707

Knights of Columbus Mission Statement
We Knights exemplify principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism through church, community, council, projects, family & youth activities. Each Knight chooses their areas of interest and level of participation based on time and family commitments.



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La Conquistadora Shop


Located inside the main entrance of the Cathedral Basilica
Hours : Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

La Conquistadora Shop was established in 2002 for the purpose of providing religious articles to our parishioners and the visiting public. Our mission is to generate profit, from our sales, for the Cathedral Basilica to use on worthy projects and general upkeep of our beautiful building.

The shop stocks a large selection of books, greeting cards, retablos, rosaries, medals, Native American Jewelry and works by local artists. Our staff is a group of loyal volunteers and employees.


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The Sacred Heart League warmly invites you to become a member!

Looking for a small yet devotional ministry to join?
What does His heart mean to you? The Sacred Heart League is a reverent group of members with an especial devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a practice revealed to a French nun, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1695, by Jesus himself. Our society honors that request in our humble service. We have only twelve active members who come to the meetings and other members who are homebound yet support the mission of the organization with their membership dues and prayer. Founded in 1874 at St. Francis Cathedral and now 138 years old, the mission of the Sacred Heart League is the sanctification of its members through the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Secondarily, the League purchases the altar breads that will become our consecrated hosts for the church and some missions. This service is directly linked to the reparation for sins committed against the Eucharist which St. Albert the Great proclaimed was the first gift of the Sacred Heart to us, his body.

The League only meets four times a year, on the first Sunday of March, June, September and December at 1:30 pm in Clare Hall. Our meetings last about one half hour followed by refreshments. The Sacred Heart League raises money through bake sales to purchase the hosts and promotes sociability amongst its members and the parish. Masses are offered annually for living and deceased members along with a rosary. The members enjoy seasonal raffles and a Christmas party.

Please help keep this ministry alive, invigorated and re-imagined for the 21st century with your participation. All are welcome— men and women, young and old. Your time or membership dues of only $15.00 a year are a small sacrifice that will keep the devotion to the Sacred Heart a vital part of our shared Catholic tradition. If you can’t join, please keep a private devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through novenas, morning offerings, or honoring him in your home. For more information contact Skya Abbate: or call President Helen Garcia at 505.988.1351.

I will give to my faithful all the graces necessary in their state of life.
I will establish peace in their homes.
I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
I will be their secure refuge during life and above all in death.
I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
Tepid souls shall become fervent.
Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
I will bless every place in which an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart never to be effaced. I promise in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the first Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their Sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
+How good and pleasant it is to dwell in the heart of Jesus+


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Saint Vincent de Paul Society

This group ministers to those in crisis needing help with food, rent, utilities, clothing and other basic necessities.
In short, the work of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society is the Gospel message in action:

I was hungry
I was thirsty
I was a stranger
I was naked
I was sick
“I wish I could help..” If you have said these words to yourself-- you can, whatever your age, whatever your skill. All we ask is a few hours of your time per month


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Treasures of Wisdom - Our Senior Citizens

Treasures of Wisdom will foster and promote activities to meet the spiritual, social, educational and cultural needs of its members. Through shared activities, members will grow in their friendships, be spiritually renewed, and be more deeply attuned to the needs of their faith communities.
Louise Kiger - 505.984.1888 (Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi)
Martha Kallejian - 505.982.9982 (Cristo Rey Parish)

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