Morada Penitentes

State/Province/Region
New Mexico
Nearest Area
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas
Town
Santa Fe
Notes

Canon EOS 30D; Canon EF 28-70mm @ 57mm; Gitzo tripod; RRS BH-55; RAW capture: f/5 @ 1/250 sec, ISO 100; Auto exposure; Auto WB

Description

On a hill overlooking El Rancho de Las Golondrinas is a relocated morada (meeting house) of the penitentes, a brotherhood of flagellates. This society has been traced by some scholars to thirteenth century Europe and other researchers have associated the Hermanos (Brothers) with the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi. The Penitentes are said to have made their way from Mexico into New Mexico in the late sixteenth century and settled in southern Colorado in the 1800's. The adobe buildings used for worship and meetings (moradas) by the Hermanos can still be found in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Although their membership is waning, the Fraternity is still very active in religious affairs and assisting their members in times of spiritual and economic need.

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Date Added
July 15, 2019
Date Taken
May 30, 2018