Fr. Michael (Miguel) Baca

Diocese:  Diocese of Gallup, Diocese of Peoria, Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Religious Order:  Franciscan

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1953: Immaculate Conception Parish; Cuba, NM
  • 1961: St. Joseph the Worker Parish; San Fidel, NM
  • 1978: Our Lady of Fatima Parish; Chinle, AZ

Notes:  Included in the Gallup diocese’s 12/16/14 list of clergy having credible allegations of sexual misconduct made against them. The diocese provided a partial list of assignments for Baca, which showed him at St Joseph the Worker in San Fidel NM in 1961. But the Official CatholicDirectory lists him as assigned there as Retreat Director for the decade 1961-1970. Baca’s 18 years of missionary work took him throughout the US, and he also worked among the Otomi Indians of central Mexico. Besides Gallup, Baca worked in the Peoria IL diocese and the Santa Fe and Louisville archdioceses. For 12 years, Baca wrote the “Life Is for Living” column for the national magazine St Anthony Messenger.

Sources:  Wichita Catholic Advance 09.23.60; Santa Fe New Mexican 05.31.62; Albuquerque Journal 05.09.63; Santa Fe New Mexican 05.27.65; Clovis News Journal 10.11.68; Santa Fe New Mexican 07.21.78; Gallup Diocese Website 12.16.14; Cibola Beacon 05.10.17Gallup Diocese [downloaded 02.28.15]