Ana Pacheco lec­tures on “Spir­i­tual Refuge in Santa Fe” at La Fonda

Pasatiempo - - NEWS - — Jen­nifer Levin

Santa faith­ful

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.

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