We will return to Ghost Ranch in 2019, a world-famous education and retreat center operated by the Presbyterian Church. We will spend all three 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 12, 2019
Ghost Ranch and process orientation
Day 1 - Friday, September 13, 2019
Ghost Ranch to Christ In The Desert Monastery
New to the 2018 Pilgrimage was a visit to the Christ in the Desert Monastery north of Abiquiu. We will return in 2019. This Benedictine Monastery was established in 1964 and became an autonomous abbey in 1996. The Monastery is home for several monk, who live a contemplative life; seeking holiness through a simple life, lived in community. We will walk from the highway near the Ghost Ranch entrance, across the desert until we reach the road along the beautiful Chama River Valley, then to the Monastery. The river valley itself has always been inspiring.
Day 2, Saturday, September 14, 2019
Ghost Ranch to Abiquiu NM
We will walk to the historic village of Abiquiu, NM, the home of world famous artist Georgia O'Keefe. From Ghost Ranch we will walk to the intersection of Highway 94, then shuttle to the Chama River Recreational Area below the Abiquiu Dam, and continue the walk along the Chama River, to near Bode's in Abiquiu. In Abiquiu we will learn 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 15, 2019
Hernandez to El Santuario de Chimayó
After two days of walking on relatively isolated roads, we will have a good public witness on our third and final day, on Highway 84/285, and thru Española. We will begin in Hernandez, NM, and end at El Santuario de Chimayó, a famous place of healing and one of the most visited pilgrimage locations in North America. We will end our pilgrimage with a service in the outdoor worship space.