Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces (Latin: Dioecesis Las Cruces, Spanish: Diócesis de Las Cruces) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the southwestern region of the United States, comprising the 10 southern counties in the state of New Mexico: Hidalgo, Grant, Luna, Sierra, Doña Ana, Otero, Lincoln, Chaves, Eddy, and Lea. It is led by a prelate bishop which serves as pastor of the mother church, Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the City of Las Cruces. Its congregants are overwhelmingly Hispanic, mostly Mexican in descent.[citation needed] The diocese is a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Diocese of Las Cruces

Dioecesis Las Cruces

Diócesis de Las Cruces
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Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Las Cruces
Coat of arms
Country United States
Territory10 counties across Southern New Mexico
Ecclesiastical provinceSanta Fe
Area44,483 sq mi (115,210 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
139,322 (26.4%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedAugust 17, 1982 (37 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Current leadership
BishopPeter Baldacchino
Bishops emeritusRicardo Ramirez, C.S.B.
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The Diocese of Las Cruces was canonically erected by Pope John Paul II on August 17, 1982. Its territory was taken from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and the Diocese of El Paso.[1][2]

On November 8, 2018, the Diocese of Las Cruces released the names of 28 clergy who were "credibly accused" of committing acts of sex abuse while serving in the Diocese[3][4] On February 11, 2019, the Diocese released the personnel files of all of the credibly accused clergy[5] 13 more clergy and a volunteer teacher were added to the credibly accused list as well.[6]


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

  1. Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B. (1982–2013)
  2. Oscar Cantú (2013–2018), appointed Bishop of San Jose
  3. Peter Baldacchino (2019–present)


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  1. ^ "Diocese of Las Cruces". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Las Cruces". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
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Coordinates: 32°17′48″N 106°46′39″W / 32.29667°N 106.77750°W / 32.29667; -106.77750