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The Missions of New Mexico

(6 Days, 5 nights)

(Sample suggested itinerary, each program is custom designed to suit the interests, time and budget of the group)

Day 1 -- Santa Fe

•  Your pilgrimage begins today with a Welcome Dinner and talk on the History of the Catholic Church in the Southwest and on the sites which you will visit.

Overnight in/or near Santa Fe for 4 nights

Day 2 -- Santa Fe

•  Walking Tour through Santa Fe’s charming Historic Plaza.

•  Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (learn more) where you will learn the history of the Cathedral and of La Conquistadora, the oldest statue of Our Lady in the U.S.

•  Loretto Chapel and the Miraculous Staircase (learn more) where an anonymous carpenter built a staircase using neither nails not any other visible means of support; many believe the staircase was built by St. Joseph.

•  San Miguel Church (learn more), the oldest church in the U.S.

•  Oldest House, a two-room structure which dates back to the 1300’s.

•  Cross of the Martyrs walk up to the highest panoramic point of Santa Fe with interpretive plaques along the way and leads to a cross which commemorates 21 Franciscan friars who were martyred during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

Day 3 -- Chimayo

•  Santuario de Chimayo (learn more) also known as the Lourdes of America where you will hear the history of the chapel and its holy dirt where the crucifix of Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas was discovered and where healings have been reported since the church was built and continue to be reported.

•  Santo Niño de Atocha (learn more) contains a large display of baby shoes donated by visitors; some are left to ask for the intercession of Santo Niño by those in need and as thanks for prayers answered.

•  Rancho de Chimayo enjoy lunch in this lovely centuries-old home located in the midst of the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) mountains and hear a talk on The Penitentes and their efforts to keep the Faith alive during a time when priests were scarce.

Day 4 -- Wednesday

•  Taos Pueblo the only UNESCO Living World Heritage Site in the U.S. Constructed of adobe with roofs supported by large vigas (wooden beams), it is still inhabited by approximately 150 Taos Indians, living as their ancestors, without electricity or plumbing. The only modern additions are simple doors and windows.

•  San Geronimo Church, located on the pueblo, was completed in 1850 and replaced the original church which was destroyed during the war with Mexico. It contains a simple figure of the Virgin Mary which also represents Mother Nature in its blend of Catholic and native religious iconography.

•  San Francisco de Asis Mission (learn more) one of the most photographed missions in New Mexico.

•  The Mysterious Image, a painting of Jesus which defies scientific explanation as it mysteriously glows when the room is darkened with several features which appear in the dark which are not seen in the light.

•  Taos Plaza the "Heart of Taos" is filled with art galleries, shops and restaurants. During the Civil War, patriots guarded the American flag here day and night. The large cross on the plaza honors the many people of Taos who died in the Bataan Death March during World War II.

Day 5 -- Thursday

•  Indian Pueblo Cultural Center features a brief historical view of the NM Pueblos with original artwork and craftsmanship from each of the current 19 Pueblos.

•  Shrine of Saint Bernadette (learn more) contains a replica of the life-sized bronze statue of Saint Bernadette located in France, a First Class Relic of the saint, and history through written word and photographs dedicated to this first pilgrim of Lourdes.

•  Walking Tour of Old Town Albuquerque features numerous museums, shops and restaurants, and

•  San Felipe de Neri Church (learn more) located in Old Town, it was originally built in 1719 and rebuilt in 1793. It has been the spiritual center of Albuquerque for over 300 years and its heart is still beating strong. The community continues to worship and attend mass in this "crown jewel".

•  Farewell dinner in local winery.

Overnight in Albuquerque

Day 6 -- Depart for Home

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