Click on a church on the map at left to learn more.
A pilgrimage is a journey of the body and soul. Regardless of our religion, it is an effort to become closer to our God. A pilgrimage is sometimes undertaken to pray for God’s intercession in our lives or as thanks for an intercession that has been granted. Often, though, a pilgrimage represents nothing more (or less) than our desire to let God guide our footsteps and nourish our souls. A pilgrimage should not be undertaken lightly but neither should it be undertaken in fear. It is intended to be a journey of joy and fulfillment.
A pilgrim is not a tourist who only touches, for a fleeting moment, the land and people that they visit. Rather, a pilgrim seeks to understand the essence of time, place and people that they meet on their path.
The churches of northern New Mexico have been both a beginning and destination for religious pilgrimages for hundreds of years. These churches are unique, humble and beautiful as are the people who built them and live their daily lives nestled among them. The journey to these churches will take you through an ancient land of rivers, trees and beautiful mountains that have, themselves, been the spiritual destination of ancient peoples long before the churches existed.
This website provides information on the churches, the routes and distances as well as providing some guidance on how best to plan a pilgrimage.
The song, "Amanecer", is courtesy of Melissa Salazar-Porter from the album "I Long For You"
Website and photography by Richard L. Rieckenberg, The Footloose Photographer
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