• Taos convent becomes home to Benedictine monks

    The Taos News

    TAOS — The old convent in the middle of the parking lot at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Taos has mostly sat quiet for 43 years, since the nuns that used to run Central High School packed up and moved on.
    But in the last three weeks, the former convent on Don Fernando Street has been a lively place. Buzz saws whined as coats of paint have gone up on the walls, and the kitchen — a currently unusable artifact of a bygone era — is getting a makeover.
    The historic two-story building needs to be warm and comfy because a group of monks who had been looking for a new home have finally landed in Taos.

    Five Benedictine monks from the Abbey of Christ in the Desert, located along the banks of the Chama River near Abiquiú, are in the midst of establishing the Monastery of San Juan Diego.

    A special mass is planned for Sept. 15, when Archbishop John C. Wester will be in Taos to bless the burgeoning Benedictine community.

    With the help of the archbishop, the men searched for an ideal location to establish the new monastery in New Mexico.

  • WR Presbyterian Church has new head pastor

    Destiny has found a home for the White Rock Presbyterian Church, as it calls a new head pastor, the Reverend Deborah Church Worley.

    Worley is a compassionate person of deep faith, seeking to bring the reality of God’s loving presence and care to bear on those who are hurting or in need of kindness, comfort, courage, or hope. She’s known to be more interested in listening and acknowledging questions and doubts than providing easy answers. She demonstrates an authentic faith combined with passionate preaching that builds a bond with congregation members, that stands the test of time.

    “I am extremely excited to be stepping alongside the good folks of the White Rock Presbyterian Church, in ministry to White Rock and the world around us in the name of Jesus,” said Worley. “I had been engaged full-time in the “ministry of motherhood” for over 15 years, and I loved that, but felt the nudge to move back into more formal ministry. 

    Discovering that a local, vibrant congregation was looking for a pastor at the same time felt like an indication of God’s Spirit at work, to bring us together.”

  • Shrinking rural villages put churches at risk

    SANTA FE (AP) — Shrinking populations in rural New Mexico villages are putting aging churches at risk since the buildings aren’t receiving the same upkeep as previous generations.

    The Santa Teresita Church in Mora County is one of several participating in a fundraising project to benefit some of the state’s “endangered” historic churches in an effort to save the structures, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

    Through cultural events starting this month, organizers of the Nuevo Mexico Profundo project hope to raise money to preserve the churches that sit in villages across the state.

    Nuevo Mexico Profundo is the brainchild of Frank Graziano, an author and former professor of Hispanic Studies who lives in Chamisal.

    His inspiration came from research and trips he made for his recently published book, “Historic Churches of New Mexico.”

    When he started working on the book, using a guide to churches in northern New Mexico created in the 1990s for reference, Graziano discovered that many of the listed adobe churches had come down. Churches in places like El Valle and Picuris Pueblo were among the casualties.

  • Jared Shipley named new youth minister at Church of Christ

    “Young people need a place where they can practice their faith, question it, and grow in it,” said Jared Shipley, new youth minister at the Los Alamos Church of Christ.

    “Church can’t be a social club. Christians have to go deeper than that,” Shipley continues.

    Shipley plans learning and service projects, in addition to teen social events.

    Shipley, 25, and his wife Sydnee moved to Los Alamos in late May to begin work with the church’s youth group. He had recently graduated from Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, West Virginia, with a degree in Biblical studies and an emphasis on preaching.

    He is currently focusing on getting to know the teens and their needs, getting acquainted with all the church members, and learning about Los Alamos.

    “We are thrilled to be here and loving the community,” Shipley says. “It was the smoothest transition that has ever happened to me in my life. The church is really taking care of us. It’s such a beautiful thing when God’s people act like God’s people.”

    He is also preaching once a month and doing some song leading for the church.

  • Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church offers free course

    Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church is offering a free six-week course studying Reformation theology as found in the original evangelical Catechisms of 1529.

    Everyone who attends will receive a free copy of “Luther’s Large Catechism.”

    This April marks the 490th anniversary of Luther’s evangelical catechisms. In 1529, Dr. Martin Luther published two handbooks: The “Small Catechism” and the “Large Catechism.”

    In his preface to the “Small Catechism,” Luther writes, “Mercy! Dear God, what great misery I beheld!” As a teacher and preacher of the Church, he was appalled at the lack of knowledge of the basics of the Christian faith. Thus, he instructed the reader in the Ten Commandments which gives shape to the way we are to love God and to love our neighbor.

    Instead of trying to please God with the things that please us, the Lord has revealed what pleases Him. Because of our corrupted hearts, the law gives to us the knowledge of our sins.

  • United Church of Los Alamos invites community to Easter Sunday sunrise service

    For anyone who might be new to the community or would like a church home on Easter Sunday, the United Church of Los Alamos invites them to attend a multi-organization service at Ashley Pond Park at sunrise (at 6:15 a.m.), or at 2525 Canyon Road, at 9:30 a.m.

  • All-faith community Seder to be held in honor of Passover

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber will join local residents of all religious backgrounds at 6 p.m. today at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 228 East Palace Ave., in Santa Fe, for the Jewish Federation of New Mexico’s fourth-annual Jane and Stephen Hochberg Community Seder of Northern New Mexico.

    The Passover event is for people of all faiths and religious backgrounds to commemorate the holiday.

    The Seder is the festive kosher holiday event and meal that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday, Passover. It traditionally includes a reading and discussion of the text of Haggadah, or Passover prayer book, and a retelling of the biblical story of the Exodus, the journey of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to eventual freedom in the Promised Land.
    Special foods mentioned in the Book of Exodus are typically eaten during the Seder.

    Los Alamos

    The Los Alamos Jewish Center will celebrate the second night of Passover with a great story, great food and socializing at a community Seder. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pig and Fig Restaurant, 11 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock. Andrew Dattelbaum will lead the Seder.

  • The similarities between Passover and Easter

    To the casual observer, Passover and Easter may not to seem to have much in common. While the two holidays are celebrated by people of different faiths, they share certain similarities.

    Both Passover and Easter celebrate fundamental tenets of their respective faiths. For Christians, Easter commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a moment that has shaped the lives of faithful Christians ever since. During Passover, Jews honor a moment in history that helped free slaves from captivity and shape them into the people of Israel.

    In addition, historians believe that the Passion of Christ, which is the short final period of Jesus’ life, occurred during the observance of Pesach, or Passover.

    During this time, Jesus went to Jerusalem in response to a mandate to appear at the Temple. It also is believed that the Last Supper described in all four Gospels was likely a Passover seder. Liberation and rebirth also are at the heart of both holidays.

  • IHO Mary Catholic Church to host lecture April 5, 6 featuring Immaculee Illibagiza

    Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will host guest speaker Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of the New York Times Bestseller “Left to Tell” on April 5 and April 6.

    When the Rwandan genocide began in 1994, Immaculee’s father sent her to hide in the home of a local pastor.

    Huddled in a 3-foot by 4-foot bathroom with seven other women for three months, they were unable to speak to each other lest they be heard.

    They had to take turns standing up in the cramped space.

    Turning to prayer to escape the anger, resentment and hate that was building up within her, Immaculee found a peace, hope and faith so profound that after the destruction she was able to face the man who killed her mother and brother and forgive him.

    More than just a talk of her experiences, this weekend retreat offers an opportunity during Lent to all seeking hope, peace and forgiveness.

    The talks will be from 5-8 p.m. April 5 in the IHM Parish Hall at 3700 Canyon Road. A light dinner will be served.

    On April 6, the talks will be from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast.

    Mass will be offered at the main church at 8 a.m. for those wishing to attend.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance. $57 for a single ticket or $76 for one plus a guest.

  • Church Listings

    Baha’i Faith

    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; bethluth.com; litergy with Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments; Sunday school for children and adults at 10:30 a.m. and service of Midday Matins at 11:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical by Pastor Nicolé Ferry and Pastor Scott Thalacker. The music is Lively and children are welcome! Come join the family wherever you are in your faith journey.   

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Calvary Chapel