Chaplain Emeritus Anthony Bolman


Anthony P. Bolman was ordained a priest in 1960 and retired from the priesthood in 1999. In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI honored Fr. Bolman with the title of Monsignor. Monsignor is a pontifical honor given to secular or diocesan priests in recognition of their dedication and exemplary service to the church. Monsignors are appointed by the pope and are honorary members of the Pontifical Family.

Msgr. Bolman served in many parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. It was while serving as pastor of the different churches, that he first became involved with Catholic Daughters, as a local court chaplain. 


In 1984, Janet Ortiz, State Regent at the time, began her conversation with the Rev. Anthony Bolman about the possibility of him becoming our next State Chaplain. Fr. Bolman already loved the Catholic Daughters and the work they were doing locally, statewide, and at the national level, so it wasn’t very difficult to sell him on the idea of being the State Chaplain. Soon thereafter the Very Rev. Anthony Bolman became the New Mexico State Chaplain and served in this capacity for 36 years.


The New Mexico Catholic Daughters wish to offer their most sincere gratitude to Msgr. Bolman for his love and dedication to the mission of Catholic Daughters. He most certainly has lived up to the motto of “Unity and Charity.”


Msgr. Bolman, you have shared your love of Our Lord, your perseverance, humor, and countless hours to our organization. On behalf the State Board, we say thank you, and you will always be our treasured State Chaplain.