Church at Sanctuario, 1950’s
Chimayo, New Mexico
Scanned Vintage Postcard
This vintage postcard of Sanctuario left me stunned. I’ve shot hundreds of photographs of the church but I never saw it as a real small Northern New Mexican town chuch like those scattered all over the state until I found this postcard.
The village of San Ysidro, originally a farming settlement, was named after Saint Isidore the Farmer in 1699. San Ysidro holds an annual Fiesta in his honor each year in mid-May.
The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, New Mexico, U.S.A., was founded in 1964 by Fr. Aelred Wall with monks of Mount Saviour Monastery. Christ in the Desert is located in Chama Canyon in northwestern New Mexico outside of the village of Abiquiu. It is a fascinating blend of sustainable systems including passive solar, straw bale buildings and medieval silence.
The long, dusty, potholed thirteen mile drive through the serentity and peace of the Monastery’s dirt road offers a true modern-day pilgrim’s journey through miles of Federal Wilderness.
Information about visiting Christ in the Desert can be found here. It’s a remarkably moving experience to walk in and spend the day, as is the rule, in utter silence.