Funeral For Murdered Nun

Gallup – A Catholic nun who lived and worked on the Navajo Nation of western New Mexico was laid to rest Saturday.

A tearful, standing-room only crowd at Gallup's Sacred Heart Cathedral attended funeral Mass for 64-year-old Sister Marguerite Bartz.

Many wore a variety of memorial ribbons on their shirts, jackets and blouses in honor of Bartz.

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament President Patricia Shuchalaski told mourners that during her 43 years as a Catholic nun, Bartz showed her compassion daily for God and for God's people ___ especially the poor.

Bartz lived and worked for 33 years at missions belonging to the New Mexico Diocese in Gallup and Santa Fe.

Authorities announced Friday they had arrested an 18-year-old in connection with Bartz's death.


Information from: Gallup Independent,

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