Monsignor Robert Getz - 2013 Lumen Christi Award Finalist

Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico

A Light of Christ in the Desert

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Monsignor Robert “Father Bob” Getz of Las Cruces, New Mexico does not know the meaning of quit or slow down.

For over 50 years, he has served Christ and His Church throughout New Mexico. In his time, he has ministered to more than 10,800 families, celebrated more than 30,000 Masses, married more than 2,000 couples, baptized more than 3,000 souls, given First Communion to more than 7,000 people, sent ten young men to seminary and five women to convents. He established the new Cristo Rey parish in El Paso, Texas, along with the Christ the Savior parish in El Paso, Texas, as well. He has overcome rheumatic fever—which required a year and a half recuperation period—heart disease and cancer.

From becoming Chancellor to Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, to being the coordinator for new clergy in his diocese, to establishing the Holy Angels Catholic School in Roswell, Father Bob has gone above and beyond his call and done absolutely everything he can for his faith.

He has not taken well to retirement, either. At 80 years of age, Father Bob wanted to continue to care for all his diocesan priests. So Father Bob started an endowment fund for their spiritual education needs and is on-call to substitute throughout the diocese. He is the spiritual advisor to the Magnificat Ministry to Catholic women and continues to celebrate weekly Masses at his retirement home. Plus, he still finds time to hike, swim, camp, photograph, write three books and ski.

“Monsignor Getz is the Pastor Emeritus at the Basilica of San Albino, a photojournalist, a spiritual leader, an author, an outdoorsman and a world traveler,” said Bishop Ramirez. “He is an amazing Light of Christ in the desert southwest.”

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