Chimayo…a most sacred shrine in New Mexico…a special place for prayer and healing

by | Oct 10, 2012  Photo and quote from this website…

Santuario de Chimayo

The “dirt” found at the room known as the “pocito” (well) is considered holy because in this spot the crucifix of Our Lord of Esquipulas was found by Bernardo Abeyta in 1810.  Since then thousands of pilgrims and vistors have come to El Santuario de Chimayo searching for spiritual, emotional and physical healing.

Judy and I felt so much at peace while visiting this sacred shrine on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico in the small town of Chimayo.  The breadth and depth of human connectedness and spirituality is exemplified on the grounds of this very old church and sanctuary.  The church was built between 1813 and 1816 and has been preserved as a national historical site.  People of all faiths come here to make prayer requests for loved ones seeking spiritual, emotional, and physical healing.  There are hundreds of photos of the folks who represent prayer requests.  There is also a section for combat veterans who were lost in war or severely injured in battle.

Although Santuario de Chimayo is a Catholic parish which celebrates mass daily, it is a place for spiritual healing for people of all faiths.  Diversity is very apparent on these sacred grounds.  As we walked through the Madonna Gardens, we noted a marble statue of Mother and Child donated by a Vietnamese family in honor of their loved ones.  The Native American Cenacle honors the spirituality and healing needs of local natives.  We were so grateful to be open to the spiritual connectedness of this tranquil place.  Prayer requests can be made on-line by clicking

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story 

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Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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