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The history of the Loretto Chapel began when Bishop Jean Baptisite Lamy was appointed by the Church to the New Mexico Territory in1850. Bishop Lamy, seeking to spread the faith and bring an educational system to this new territory, began a letter writing plea for priests, brothers and nuns to preach and teach. In one of his letters he is said to have written, “I have 6000 Catholics and 300 Americans.” The first acceptance of his general plea was from the Sisters of Loretto.

 

In 1852 the Sisters of Loretto responded to Lamy’s pleas by sending seven sisters who agreed to make this arduous journey to Santa Fe. Their trek was through St. Louis, then up the river to Independence, Mo. This small group was beset by a cholera epidemic, the Mother Superior died, and another nun was too ill to continue the journey and returned to Kentucky. An additional story continues that they traveled by wagon through bad weather, and Indian country.

 

History

 

The history of the Loretto Chapel began when Bishop Jean Baptisite Lamy was appointed by the Church to the New Mexico Territory in1850. Bishop Lamy, seeking to spread the faith and bring an educational system to this new territory, began a letter writing plea for priests, brothers and nuns to preach and teach. In one of his letters he is said to have written, “I have 6000 Catholics and 300 Americans.” The first acceptance of his general plea was from the Sisters of Loretto.

 

In 1852 the Sisters of Loretto responded to Lamy’s pleas by sending seven sisters who agreed to make this arduous journey to Santa Fe. Their trek was through St. Louis, then up the river to Independence, Mo. This small group was beset by a cholera epidemic, the Mother Superior died, and another nun was too ill to continue the journey and returned to Kentucky. An additional story continues that they traveled by wagon through bad weather, and Indian country.

 

comments (12)

a fine story and nice angles...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Larry!
  • Ray
  • Surin, Thailand
  • 23 Sep 2015, 02:06
It is an elegant building, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It really is quite lovely!
There is a lot of history and beauty in this magnificent chapel Elizabeth and you framed this perfectly....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I found it so pretty, thank you Peter!
Another good shot of this place, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you kindly, Mr. Croston!
Thank you for the history Elizabeth. This chapel is a beauty!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm glad you're enjoying it, Richard!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Sep 2015, 06:37
A dramatic start to things then! The architecture here looks wonderful
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes! As with many special places!
What a lovely building and it has so much history, I would love to visit this place.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it pretty! I think you would really like it Brian!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Sep 2015, 11:04
Kind of place that gets me to go into stealth mode - no noise.
We have a Loretto Convent here in town. Those sisters were very busy.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I know what you mean! Everyone was very quiet, polite and respectful.
No kidding?! Well it seems they were!
I like the soft golden light here Elizabeth. A beautiful chapel
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Janet! It is really pretty!
I'm enjoying the grand balance of this image.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much Jacquelyn! I like symmetry! smile
  • Alan
  • Bellingham, Washington.
  • 24 Sep 2015, 06:31
I like the composition here very much. It s a lovely building. Did you get to go in the cathedral, too? What about "my" Starbucks? wink
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Alan! It is so pretty! We didn't go into the Cathedral... We seemed to hit it when there was mass going on - and that freaks us out a little! smile
We found a nice little Starbucks off the square - we were thinking it was "yours" - but are not sure... smile It has a huge wooden door...
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 27 Sep 2015, 01:02
Isn't the Southwest stunning!

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