Skip to comments.Pilgrims Pave Road to Chimayó [New Mexico] through Valley [Colorado]
Posted on 08/06/2012 1:58:33 PM PDT by marshmallow
SAN LUIS Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrims are carving a path through the Valley with the hope others will someday follow in their footsteps.
On Friday, a small group of devout Catholics stopped in San Luis in en-route to Chimayó, N.M. from Denver. They crossed four mountain ranges before descending into the Valley earlier this week on a 350-mile pilgrimage, which is the first of its kind.
It might be the first time anyone has trekked so far on what pilgrimage leader Ana Sieben, 48, a nuclear engineer on a lengthy sabbatical, has called El Camino del Norte a Chimayó the northern road to Chimayó but it is not unknown. Sieben, who followed similar passages when pilgrimaging to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico, devised the route following the old mining trails of the Front Range and legendary Ute paths, which Zebulon Pike and the early explores used to discover the great western lands.
We are trying to establish a path, a route, a camino that others can use either from parishes and different places along the way, Sieben said. Coming through San Luis is a very important stopping point a weigh station because we are a church from Mexico. Here is the shrine of the Mexican martyrs, so it is of great significance.
Over the next five days, the pilgrims will walk the northern part of the Camino Real, following the historical way of the Franciscan missionaries, through Costilla, Questa and Taos, N.M. before arriving in Chimayó.
We are two-thirds of the way through a wonderful pilgrimage by foot, Sieben said while resting at the Stations of the Cross shine in San Luis. This ancient tradition of walking, of earning your way when you have the harmony of carrying all of your material needs.....
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Chimayo is a great place to visit. I’ve got my little bit of dirt from the ‘room of miracles’ near me. The collection of crutches, canes, etc. left by visitors is pretty awesome too.
The devout will carry a statue of Mary from the Cathedreal in Santa Fe to Chimayo. Many make the pilgrimage. People have been known to make the journey on their knees. El Santuario de Chimayo is a holy site of healing like Lourds in the desert of New Mexico. Many attest to being healed by Christ through prayer and the miraculous soil found there. It has a deep cultural significance to the New Mexican people and Catholics. Pretty cool.