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.