About Us

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Mission Statement

We the members of the Roman Catholic Community of Sacred Heart Cathedral Gallup, New Mexico, like a mosaic, will blend our individual talents and multiple cultures to form a unified working parish family.  We will strive to promote, celebrate and live the Gospel message.  Therefore, we will work to heal our alienated members so that we may be one, respect and foster all forms of life and strengthen one another, so that we may extend past our needs and serve all.

Our History

The original Sacred Heart Cathedral parish church was built in the early 1900’s by Father Julliard.  He remained pastor until 1910.  In 1916 a side wall of the original church caved in.  In 1917 a new church was build facing Hill Street between 4th and 5th Streets.  This church served the parish until the present Cathedral was built in 1955 at 415 East Green Avenue.  The Franciscan Friars served the parishioners of Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish through June 1981.  The first diocesan rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral was Father Alfred Tachias appointed on July 1, 1981.


Coat of Arms - Very Reverend Mathew Keller

Coat of Arms Very Reverend Mathew Keller


Very Reverend Matthew Keller, Rector Ordained priest for the Diocese of Gallup, Gallup  NM on September 21, 2002.  Became rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral on June 1, 2013.

email for Fr. Keller:  frmkeller@dioceseofgallup.org




Rev. John Cormac, Parochial Vicar Ordained priest for the Diocese of Gallup, Gallup NM on June 24, 2017.  Was assigned here as his first assignment July 1, 2017.

email for Fr. Cormack: johnevangelist@gmail.com

Rev. Thomas Walsh, In Residence Ordained priest for the Diocese of Lincoln on May 21, 1994. Arrived at Sacred Heart Cathedral on June 15, 2016.

Address:  415 East Green Ave., Gallup, NM  87301

Telephone:  505-722-6644

Fax Number:  505-722-6645

E-mail address:  shcathedralgalllup@gmail.com

Sunday Masses: 8:00 & 11:00 a.m.

5:15 p.m. Vespers followed by Benediction

Weekday Masses: Monday through Friday: 6:30 & 8:00 a.m.

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. & 5:15 pm anticipated Mass for Sunday

First Friday’s:

6:30 a.m. Mass

7:00 a.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

8:15 a.m. Mass

Holy Days of Obligation

On the Eve of the Holy Day:  5:15 pm  Vigil Mass

On the Holy Day Masses are at 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and at 7:00 p.m.

Sacramento Paenitentiae (Sacrament of Penance)

Saturday Morning: 9:00-10:00 a.m. and Saturday Afternoon:  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday: 7:00-8:00 a.m., Tuesday 12:00-1:00 p.m., Thursday:  6:00-7:00 p.m. and First Friday: 7:00-8:00 a.m.

Or by appointment.

Sacramento Baptismi (Sacrament of Baptism)

Baptisms are scheduled by calling for an appointment through the Parish Office.  Parents must be registered at the Cathedral.  Pre-Baptism adult instruction is required for parents and godparents.  Please contact the Rectory before the birth of your baby for further information.

Matrimonii Sacramentum (Sacrament of Marriage)

A four month period of preparation after the initial interview is required in the Diocese of Gallup. Please check with one of the Fathers before setting your marriage date.

Unctione Infirmorum (Anointing of the Sick)

Please notify the Rectory if someone is ill at home and wishes to receive the sacrament of anointing or communion on Sundays and First Fridays.

Bishop James S Wall

Bishop James S. Wall

Fourth Bishop of Gallup

Pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral

On February 5, 2009, Bishop Wall was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, and was consecrated and installed officially on April 23, 2009.

Bishop Wall’s episcopal motto is “Be Doers of the Word”, from the Epistle of St. James: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:22).” This passage is to remind us that we must not only listen to the words of Christ, but put them into daily action, following the teachings of Our Lord.

Bishop James S. Wall was born in Ganado, Arizona in 1964 to parents James A. Wall and Joan Wall. Along with his parents and five siblings, he continued to live in Arizona for his young adult life, attending public school in Chandler, AZ, and continuing to college at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, where he studied history.

Throughout college, he felt the call from God to become a priest, and after college entered St. John Seminary in Camarillo, California, and was ordained a priest on June 6, 1998 for service in the Diocese of Phoenix. He served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Theresa Parish from 1998-2001 and Saint Timothy Parish from 2001-2002. Bishop Wall served as Pastor of Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish from 2002-2007. From 2006 until his episcopal consecration he served as Vicar for Priests for The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix.

During his time in Phoenix, Bishop Wall was a member of the Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors. He served on the Natural Family Planning Board; as the Chaplain for the Phoenix Legatus Chapter; and as a spiritual adviser for Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats. He was a member of the National Advisory Council of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and an advisory Board member of the Institute for Priests and Presbyterate in St. Meinrad, Indiana.

He is a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher.

Notable Dates Ordained a Priest: June 6, 1998, Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ Ordained a Bishop: April 23, 2009, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Gallup, NM

Education High School: Chandler High School, Chandler AZ (1983) College: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ – B.A., History (1993) Seminary: St. John Seminary, Camarillo, CA – M.Div. (1998)

Past Priestly Assignments: St. Theresa Parish, Phoenix: Parochial Vicar (1998-2001) St. Timothy Parish, Mesa: Parochial Vicar (2001-2002) St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Phoenix: Pastor (2002-2007) Vicar for Priests, Phoenix: (2007-2009) Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glendale: Adm. Pro Tem (2007) Mt. Claret Retreat Center: Director (2008)

Other Previous Duties: Natural Family Planning Board of Phoenix Chaplain for Phoenix Legatus Chapter Spiritual Advisor, Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats in Phoenix USCCB National Advisory Council Advisory Board for the Institute for Priest and Presbyterates St. Meinrad, Indiana Presbyteral Council College of Consultors

Fourth Degree Member, Knights of Columbus

“Let there now be no doubt or confusion on anyone’s part: For us, your bishops, our obligation to protect children and young people and to prevent sexual abuse flows from the mission and example given to us by Jesus Christ himself, in whose name we serve.” -From the Charter fo Protection of Children and Young People, June 2005, USCCB

The Diocese of Gallup is committed to maintaning a safe enviroment for all who live and worship in our diocese. To ensure that all children and young people are protected throughout the diocese, the following requirements are in place.

Diocese of Gallup Safe Enviroment Requirements for the Protection of Children and Youth:

All who minister with minors (18 years and younger) must have a criminal background check.

All who minister with minors must read and submit a signed acknowledgement of the Pastoral Code of Ethics.

All who minister with minors must have or will have the juvenile sexual abuse training awareness program VIRTUS.

All parents of minors that participate in any activity associated with the Catholic Church are offered VIRTUS training.

All minors are given Juvenile Sexual Abuse Awareness training. This is provided by the public schools for all grades in the ecclesiastical territory of the Diocese of Gallup and is part of the curriculum for all grades in all Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Gallup.

Any parent/gaurdian who does not want a child to participate in this training must provide a letter stating such to be kept on file.

Questions or problems can be directed to our….

Safe Environment Coordianator:

Elizabeth Terrill


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