We returned this year to Ghost Ranch, a world-famous education and retreat center operated by the Presbyterian Church. We spent both our first and second nights on Pilgrimage here, taking advantage of their beautiful worship spaces and stunning vistas to sing, pray, and worship together both in the Agape Worship Center and outdoors.
Day 0 - Thursday, September 14, 2018
Ghost Ranch and process orientation
Day 1 - Friday, September 14, 2018
Christ In The Desert Monastery to Ghost Ranch
New to the Pilgrimage this year was a visit to the Christ in the Desert Monastery north of Abiquiu. This Benedictine Monastery was established in 1964 and became an autonomous abbey in 1996. The Monastery was inspiring as we visited with several of the monks, who described their contemplative life; seeking holiness through a simple life, lived in community. We shuttled from Ghost Ranch to the Monastery, and pilgrimaged back towards Ghost Ranch. The walk from the Monastery to the highway near the Ghost Ranch entrance, along the beautiful Chama River Valley, will itself be inspiring.
Day 2, Saturday, September 15, 2018
Ghost Ranch to Abiquiu NM
We walked again to the historic village of Abiquiu, NM, the home of world famous artist Georgia O'Keefe. From Ghost Ranch we walked to the intersection of Highway 94, then shuttled to the Chama River Recreational Area below the Abiquiu Dam, and continued the walk along the Chama River, to near Bode's in Abiquiu. Here we learned about the rich history of northern New Mexico by visiting the St. Thomas the Apostle Church and visiting a local morada.
Day 3, Sunday, September 16, 2018
Hernandez to El Santuario de Chimayó
After two days of walking on relatively isolated roads, we had a good public witness on our third and final day, on Highway 84/285, and thru Española. We began in Hernandez, NM, and ended at El Santuario de Chimayó, a famous place of healing and one of the most visited pilgrimage locations in North America. We ended our pilgrimage with a beautiful service in the outdoor worship space.