The rector of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe is taking a leave of absence citing “personal challenges.”
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Rev. Adam Ortega y Ortiz announced the decision at the end of Mass on Sunday morning following a nearly three-month absence from the church.
He said time at the church was a “richly rewarding experience” full of “countless graces.”
Ortega y Ortiz has been in Santa Fe for 18 years, serving as pastor of the Santa María de La Paz Catholic Community and the Cristo Rey Catholic Church.
He said the Rev. John Cannon will oversee St. Francis for the time being.
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe plans to choose his successor early next year.