Ana Pacheco lectures on “Spiritual Refuge in Santa Fe” at La Fonda
Since i ts earliest recorded history, Santa Fe has been a center for spirituality. When Spanish colonists brought Catholicism with them to New Mexico, Native people had been practicing their religions in this region for thousands of years. With the conquistadors came conversos, Sephardic Jews forced to hide their true religion under a cloak of Jesus- centered ritual, causing future generations to believe their families were and always had been Catholic. After discovering her original Jewish lineage, city historian Ana Pacheco was inspired to write a book about the history of religion in Santa Fe, how and why each group came here, and what influence each religion has had locally and nationally. The numerous spiritual traditions she writes about include Buddhism, the arrival of which was tied to the Japanese internment camps located in and around Santa Fe during World War II; Sikhism; Ashkenazi Judaism; Islam; Mormonism; Baha’i; New Age religions, including the I AM faith; and various branches of Christianity, including charismatic ministries. Such religiously based groups as the Masons, Salvation Army, and Shriners are also explored, as are teaching orders of the Catholic Church — the Sisters of Loretto and the De La Salle Christian Brothers — that were responsible for bringing formal classroom education to Northern New Mexico. Pacheco presents a lecture, “Spiritual Refuge in Santa Fe,” based on her recent book, A History of Spirituality in Santa Fe: The City of Holy Faith ( The History Press), at 2 p. m. on Sunday, April 3, in La Terraza Room at La Fonda (100 E. San Francisco St.). The free lecture is followed by a book signing. For more information call 505-995-2333.