Option B – Church Crawl

Transportation provided; depart at 1:00pm from Drury Hotel

Experience a journey of an afternoon visiting local churches unlike any other architecture you have seen. We begin our journey at Santa Fe’s newest Parish built in 1990 to the oldest church in the United States, San Miguel Mission.

Santa Maria de La Paz
Santa Maria de la Paz was established by Archbishop Sanchez on January 1, 1990 in response to the growing needs of the community of Santa Fe’s south side. After this community of faith and ministry was established under the leadership of Fr. Jerome Martinez y Alire, the founding parishioners started plans to build a church. In 1991, an extensive fund raising campaign entitled “A Time to Build” was launched to build the first church in Santa Fe since 1963.

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Santuario de Guadalupe in Santa Fe, built in 1777, is the oldest, still-standing shrine built in honor of Our Lady in the United States. Originally built as a church, it was constructed on a Latin Cross floor plan, with 3-foot thick adobe walls and a dirt-packed floor. As time went on a new church was constructed, but the shrine remains as it was. As you enter the sanctuary you will see a rose garden with flowers from the Holy Lands.

San Miguel Mission
San Miguel Mission, also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built between approximately 1610 and 1626, it is claimed to be the oldest church in the United States.

Cristo Rey Catholic Church
The church was built in 1940 and recently celebrated their 75th Anniversary . The retablo was carved in 1760 by unknown artisans in the employ of the Governor Franciso Antonio Mari del Valle, and was to be used in the military chapel being erected in the Santa Fe plaza. Governor Marin del Valle paid all cost for the chapel, the retablo, all furniture, and even the fixtures and vestments to be used in the chapel. He may have built it to commemorate the visit, in 1760, of Bishop Tamaron, of Durango Mexico, or to serve as a fitting chapel for the Cofradia Señora de la Luz (confraternity of Our Lady of Light), which Governor Marin del Valle founded at the time of the Bishop’s visit.