Bishop Emeritus Arthur N. Tafoya

Arthur N. Tafoya, 85, emeritus bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bishop Tafoya was the third bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo, serving from 1980 to 2009.

BISHOP TAFOYA'S BIOGRAPHY
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BISHOP TAFOYA'S OBITUARY
READ Obituary from The Pueblo Chieftain, April 1, 2018

MORE RESOURCES

  • READ Pueblo Chieftain's article: Memorial Mass for Pueblo's former Bishop Tafoya is April 10. March 28, 2018
  • READ Pueblo Chieftain's article: Bishop Tafoya, longtime Pueblo Catholic leader, dies at Albuquerque home. March 25, 2018
  • READ/WATCH KOAA's article: Sacred Heart Church members reflect on Bishop Tafoya's legacy. March 25, 2018
  • WATCH Bishop Stephen Berg's Palm Sunday homily. Cathedral, Sunday, March 25, 2018

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you are probably aware, our beloved Bishop Emeritus Arthur Tafoya passed into eternal life this past Saturday morning. We continue to pray for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his family, friends, and our diocese. We are preparing now for his final arrangements.

It was Bishop Tafoya’s wish to hold his funeral services at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo. As we endeavor to honor his wishes, I ask for your understanding about the logistical arrangements necessary, for the Cathedral cannot hold all of the people who wish to pay their last respects to him. Our Cathedral will be able to accommodate Bishop Tafoya’s family, our clergy and religious, visiting Bishops, and some others who were especially close to him and his family. It is difficult to make these arrangements but we are prayerfully doing all we can.

We have therefore elected to open Memorial Hall here in Pueblo to everyone who wishes to participate in the Funeral Mass by means of a live broadcast, along with the distribution of the Eucharist that will be consecrated during the Mass at the Cathedral. We have also scheduled two separate afternoons for personal prayer and viewing of our deceased shepherd at the Cathedral prior to the funeral and all are welcome to attend the entombment at Roselawn Cemetery, and the reception to follow at St. Joseph Hall across the street from Roselawn.

Additionally, the vigil, funeral, and entombment will be live broadcast (streamed) via a link on the diocesan website. It will also be broadcast live locally on channel 19 in Pueblo. We hope these broadcasts will reach those who cannot attend in person. 

We have now entered Holy Week through the Liturgy of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, and walk together in the days ahead through the valley of suffering and the death of Jesus, into the bright sunshine of the Resurrection this coming Easter season. We have lost a beloved apostle, a true friend in Christ, who walks with us now with his eyes on the Lord. The constant message he sent through his last days was, “Tell the people of the diocese that I am praying for them.” Thank you for your love, care and prayers for Bishop Arthur during his 29 years as our shepherd, and through his final service in his home town of Albuquerque.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.

Yours in Christ
Bishop Stephen J. Berg

Funeral Arrangements for Bishop Emeritus Arthur Tafoya
Sacred Heart Cathedral, 414 W. 11th, Pueblo, CO MAP

Viewing - Sunday, April 8, 3:00-7:00 PM

Viewing - Monday, April 9, 3:00 PM

Vigil – Monday, April 9, 7:00 PM

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Funeral Mass - Tuesday, April 10, 10:00 AM
Memorial Hall, 1 City Hall Pl, Pueblo, CO MAP
Live broadcast of the Funeral Mass

Entombment - Immediately following the Funeral Mass
Roselawn Cemetery, 1706 Roselawn Rd, Pueblo, CO  MAP

Public Reception - Immediately following entombment
St. Joseph Hall, 1145 S. Aspen Rd, Pueblo, CO MAP

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

As you are probably aware, our beloved Bishop Emeritus Arthur Tafoya passed into eternal life this past Saturday morning. We continue to pray for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his family, friends, and our diocese. We are preparing now for his final arrangements.

 

It was Bishop Tafoya’s wish to hold his funeral services at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo. As we endeavor to honor his wishes, I ask for your understanding about the logistical arrangements necessary, for the Cathedral cannot hold all of the people who wish to pay their last respects to him. Our Cathedral will be able to accommodate Bishop Tafoya’s family, our clergy and religious, visiting Bishops, and some others who were especially close to him and his family. It is difficult to make these arrangements but we are prayerfully doing all we can.

 

We have therefore elected to open Memorial Hall here in Pueblo to everyone who wishes to participate in the Funeral Mass by means of a live broadcast, along with the distribution of the Eucharist that will be consecrated during the Mass at the Cathedral. We have also scheduled two separate afternoons for personal prayer and viewing of our deceased shepherd at the Cathedral prior to the funeral and all are welcome to attend the entombment at Roselawn Cemetery, and the reception to follow at St. Joseph Hall across the street from Roselawn.

 

Additionally, the vigil, funeral, and entombment will be live broadcast (streamed) via a link on the diocesan website. It will also be broadcast live locally on channel 19 in Pueblo. We hope these broadcasts will reach those who cannot attend in person. 

 

We have now entered Holy Week through the Liturgy of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, and walk together in the days ahead through the valley of suffering and the death of Jesus, into the bright sunshine of the Resurrection this coming Easter season. We have lost a beloved apostle, a true friend in Christ, who walks with us now with his eyes on the Lord. The constant message he sent through his last days was, “Tell the people of the diocese that I am praying for them.” Thank you for your love, care and prayers for Bishop Arthur during his 29 years as our shepherd, and through his final service in his home town of Albuquerque.

 

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

And let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Amen.

 

Yours in Christ

Bishop Stephen J. Berg

 

 

Funeral Arrangements for Bishop Emeritus Arthur Tafoya

Sacred Heart Cathedral, 414 W. 11th, Pueblo, CO

 

Viewing - Sunday, April 8, 3:00-7:00 PM

 

Viewing - Monday, April 9, 3:00 PM

 

Vigil – Monday, April 9, 7:00 PM

 

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Funeral Mass - Tuesday, April 10, 10:00 AM

Memorial Hall, 1 City Hall Pl, Pueblo, CO

Live broadcast of the Funeral Mass

 

Entombment - Immediately following the Funeral Mass

Roselawn Cemetery, 1706 Roselawn Rd, Pueblo, CO

 

Public Reception - Immediately following entombment

St. Joseph Hall, 1145 S. Aspen Rd, Pueblo, CO

 

Updates will be posted on the diocesan website – dioceseofpueblo.org