To Chimayo on foot

The missionaries at Christ in the City did a sponsored pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico. This is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in North America, and actually has roots in a miraculous devotion from Spain. You can read the full history here.

The missionaries did a sponsored pilgrimage and prayed for their donors every mile of the 50-mile journey! It looks like they had a great time!

Photo by Abby Dellasega

The missionaries of Christ in the City took part in the tradition of walking to Chimayo during the Easter season. This tradition began when US soldiers prayed to Santo Niño (one of the figures associated with Chimayo) during the Bataan Death March. Photo by Abby Dellasega.


Photo by Abby Dellasega

When the soldiers returned home after the war, they began to make Easter pilgrimages to  Shrine of Santa Niño de Atocha, which is within walking distance of El Santuario de Chimayo. According to some estimates, tens of thousands of people now make this journey every year. Photo by Abby Dellasega.


Photo by Abby Dellasega

The Christ in the City missionaries walked from Taos, NM to Chimayo, encountering quite a bit of mud along the way. One missionary improvised bread bags into water-proof clothing. Photo by Abby Dellasega.


Photo by Abby Dellasega

The other figure important to Chimayo’s story is  “Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas”. Legend states that a friar was doing penance when he saw a bright light coming from a nearby hill. He investigted, and found a crucifix. He tried to move the crucifix three times, but each time it ended up back in the hill. Eventually, the people decided the crucifix wanted to stay in Chimayo and built a small chapel for it. Photo by Abby Dellasega.


Photo by Abby Dellasega

The Christ in the City missionaries prayed for their donors throughout their pilgrimage. They came back to Denver April 18. Photo by Abby Dellasega.


COMING UP: Colorado bishops issue letter on the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life Congressional policies

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We, the Catholic bishops of Colorado, urge Congressional Representatives to support the Hyde Amendment and the Walden Amendment. We also ask the Faithful to sign The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) petition to lawmakers encouraging them to preserve the Hyde Amendment, which can be accessed at:, and to contact their Congressmen and women to support the Hyde and Walden amendments.

The House Appropriations Labor and Health and Human Services subcommittee recently passed a spending bill that strips protections for pre-born children, healthcare providers,and American taxpayers by excluding pro-life provisions, including the Hyde and Weldon amendments.

The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortion in most cases, except for rape and incest, has received bipartisan support since its inception in 1976 – including by pro-abortion administrations. Hyde is critical in saving lives. The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that approximately 60,000 pre-born babies are saved every year because of the Hyde Amendment.[1] This is the first time in 40 years that the Hyde Amendment was not included in the annual appropriations bill[2] and failure to include pro-life amendments will only further increase divisions in our country.

The Weldon Amendment prevents any federal programs, agencies, and state and local governments from discriminating against health care practitioners and institutions that do not provide abortion services. It ensures that pro-life individuals and organizations can enter the health care profession without fearing that the government will force them to perform a procedure that violates their well-founded convictions. It has also received bipartisan support and was added to the appropriations bill every year since it was first enacted in 2005. [3]

Congress’ recent actions endanger the lives of pre-born children and infringe on the rights of millions of Americans who do not wish to participate in the moral evil of abortion. A recent Knights of Columbus/Marist poll found that 58 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions[4] and a 2019 Gallup poll shows that 60 percent of Americans think abortion should either be illegal or only legal in a few circumstances.[5]

The government should neither use taxpayer funds for the killing of pre-born children nor compel medical practitioners and institutions to violate their well-founded convictions. Congress must uphold these long-standing, common-sense bipartisan policies that promote a culture of life in our nation.

Human reason and science affirm that human life begins at conception. The Church objects to abortion on the moral principle that each and every human life has inherent dignity, and thus must be treated with respect due to every human person. There has never been and never will be a legitimate need to abort a baby in the womb.

It is critical that Congress continue its long-history of supporting policies such as the Hyde and Walden amendments, and that all Colorado Catholics and people of good will make their voice heard in supporting these life-affirming policies.

Sign the petition to Congress here:

Contact your Congressional Representatives here:

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila
Archbishop of Denver

Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg
Bishop of Pueblo

Most Reverend James R. Golka
Bishop of Colorado Springs

Most Reverend Jorge Rodriguez
Auxiliary Bishop of Denver