Our Clergy

*Our Auxiliary Priest, Fr. Tom Mayefske, will be our Priest at KAFB in the interim to filling this contract position. Updates will be posted to this page. Please check back in the future.  

Father Linus Nwaeze Nwatrali has been reassigned to another location.

 Father Linus was ordained as a priest on August 12, 1995 for the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Nigeria where he worked from 1995-2006.  He earned a Master Degree in Comparative Religion at Madras University in Chennai, India. He earned another Master Degree in Sacred Theology and a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Italy. After coming to the states Fr. Linus found himself in Colorado. He attended the Centered Life Education, Counseling and Pastoral Care Center in Colorado Springs where he earned his CPE. After completing his training he started work at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colorado as the Hospital Chaplain. He was Hospital Chaplain at Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson, Colorado before coming to Our Lady of the Sandias Parish here on Kirtland Air Force Base. In his free time Fr. Linus loves to play soccer, lawn tennis and keep up to date on his reading. He takes a special interest in the children of the parish and takes time to talk to them and hear what they have to say.


                                Deacon Ian-Michael Lente

One of the Franciscans of San Damiano, Deacon Mike was born in Gallup, NM and grew up in Albuquerque.  He entered the Navy as a hospital corpsman, serving from 1969-1979 with the 3rd Marines and other units.  He has worked in various medical specialties over the years, as well as in law enforcement, private investigation and the entertainment field.  Additionally, he worked in the nuclear power field and with the Central Intelligence Agency for a few years.  Deacon Mike jokes that one could say he's had a checkered career! He is also a talented ventriliquist, seen here with "Brother Julian."  Deacon Mike was ordained for the Diocese of Gallup in 2002 and has worked as a prison, hospital and police chaplain.  The adventure continues...