The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup

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Welcome to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup

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The Diocese of Gallup is the poorest in the United States.

In our efforts to provide our people with opportunities for an encounter with the living Christ, we strive to alleviate some of the intense suffering through emergency shelters, food banks, substance abuse prevention programs, thrift shops, prison ministry and a nursing facility.
But we can’t do this alone. We need your help. Will you join us in our mission?
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Who We Are

Founded in 1939, the Diocese of Gallup covers over 55,000 square miles in the states of New Mexico and Arizona. We primarily serve Native American and Hispanic populations under the leadership of the most Rev. Bishop James S. Wall.

History of the Diocese
Facts and Figures
Meet our Bishop

Useful Links


Learn about vocations in the Diocese of Gallup.

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Bishop’s Podcast

Find episodes of Bishop Wall’s show “CrosierCast” on
iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher

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Bishop’s Annual Appeal

The primary support drive for the Diocese of Gallup.


New Directives

How to Report Misconduct by a Bishop


Chapter 11

See the final settlement documents.


Credibly Accused

List of credibly accused clergy and church workers.


Upcoming Events:

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Ministry Formation Classes
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm

The Diocese of Gallup offers courses in preparation for the following ministries:

  • permanent deacon
  • parish administrator
  • pastoral life coordinator
  • liturgical coordinator
  • parish manager
  • director of religious education

Preparation for the permanent diaconate takes four years, parish administrator requires three years and the remaining are two-year programs. Adults who wish to participate in a course or courses solely for personal enrichment without intending to complete training for a particular ministry may do so. The intent of these courses is to provide academic training and adult religious education. They are not intended as a means of earning academic credits. All classes are at Sacred Heart Retreat Center on the following weekends:

  • September 20-22
  • October 18-20
  • November 15-17
  • December 20-22

Courses and Times


7:00-8:20 PM
Moral Theology
A summary overview of Moral Theology, including some of the more difficult moral questions of our day.
Instructor: Fr. Peter Short


8:30-9:20 AM
Part III of the review of western philosophy.
Instructor: Fr. Cornelius Onyigbuo

10:30 AM-12:20 PM
This course will strive to understand the nature of the prophets and their message, and in particular to shed light on their prophecies and in the fulfillment thereof in Christ.
Instructor: Fr. Mitchell Brown

2:00-4:30 PM
Sacramental and Liturgical Theology
The purpose of this course is to understand more fully what liturgy and sacraments are so that their salvific content can be celebrated, explained and lived well.
Instructor: Fr. Mitchell Brown


8:00-9:50 AM
Deacon Spirituality
Present the historical and canonical basis for the Permanent Diaconate as newly constituted at the Second Vatican Council by the review of pertinent documents related to its institution and development.
September: Deacon Randy Copeland
October: Deacon Jim Betts
November: Deacon Jorge Compos
December: Deacon Ed Schaub

10:00-11:50 AM
Pastoral Counseling
Theory and practice of integration of compassionate listening skills and moral theology.
Instructor: Mrs. Diane DiPaolo

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  • 503 W. Highway 66
    Gallup, NM 87301
    PO Box 1338
  • (505)-863-4406
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Promise to Protect

The Diocese of Gallup is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all who live and worship in our Diocese.

If you or someone you know has allegations of abuse against a minor, you can report it to us by contacting:

Elizabeth Terrill,
Victims Assistance Coordinator

Your information will be kept confidential.