Archbishop Emeritus Michael Jarboe Sheehan, Beloved Spiritual Leader of Santa Fe, Passes Away

Michael Jarboe Sheehan
Michael Jarboe Sheehan passed away


Michael Jarboe Sheehan, the Most Reverend, Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Fe, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2023. Let’s see how did Michael Jarboe Sheehan die and his cause of death in detail.

How did Michael Jarboe Sheehan die?

Most Reverend Michael Jarboe Sheehan, the archbishop emeritus of Santa Fe, passed away on June 3, 2023. This news was revealed by Most Reverend John C. Wester, the archbishop of Santa Fe, with sadness and a strong belief in the Resurrected Christ. 

Archbishop Wester shared the statement on Michael’s passing and that reads, “He was a faithful servant of the Lord who loved this local Church and all its priests, deacons, religious and lay faithful. May Archbishop Sheehan rest in peace, and may his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.”

With his peaceful passing, Archbishop Sheehan ended a magnificent journey that lasted over eight decades and included numerous acts of selfless spiritual guidance and tireless commitment to improving the lives of those in need.

He leaves a legacy of solid faith, and compassion, and remains as a great inspiration to future generations.

Who was Michael Jarboe Sheehan?

Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan, a revered spiritual leader, was born on July 9, 1939, in Wichita, Kansas, United States. He was the son of John Edward and Mildred (Jarboe) Sheehan.

Michael committed his life to the service of God and his community, leaving an everlasting impact on the hearts of all who knew him. He was ordained by Auxiliary Bishop Filippo Pocci on July 12, 1964, in Rome, Italy, for the Diocese of Dallas.

On September 21, 1993, he was consecrated as the eleventh Archbishop of Santa Fe, and he retired on June 4, 2015.

Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan worked for eliminating poverty, advancing equality, and protecting the welfare of society’s most defenseless people. He was given the name Apostolic on June 17, 2003.

He served as Phoenix’s administrator until December 20, 2003, and from November 12, 2003, to December 1, 2006, he served as the Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

As he actively interacted with interfaith communities and promoted communication and understanding amongst denominations, Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan’s influence extended far beyond the confines of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

His dedication to ecumenism and interfaith cooperation served as a beacon for fostering harmony, peace, and unity among various populations.

Michael Jarboe Sheehan cause of death:

Michael Jarboe Sheehan passed away peacefully on the afternoon of May 3, 2023. He was 83 years old.

People from all walks of life respected and admired him for his unrelenting support of human rights and dignity.

Shrine of Saint Bernadette also announced this sad news, saying, “May Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan rest in peace, and may his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.”

Tributes flooded social media after his demise news broke out. He left behind an indelible mark on the hearts of those around him.

Tributes to Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan:

St. Charles Borromeo Knights of Columbus Council posted,

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Michael J. Sheehan. He dedicated many years of his life in service to the people of our Archdiocese, and even after his retirement, he remained an integral part of our parish family.
Let us join together in prayer for the peaceful repose of his soul. Archbishop Sheehan was a beloved leader who touched the lives of many in our community throughout the years.

Kevin Georges commented,

Rest in Peace Archbishop Sheehan!

Gracemarie Belvedere posted,

Rest in peace, Most Reverend Michael Jarboe Sheehan.

Mary Reinhardt commented,

May our Archbishop Emeritus Rest in Peace

Beth Parshall Stephenson commented,

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


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