Lecture: Garments of Faith & Founding of “Modern” Socorro
Nadine Ulibarri-Keller and Robert J.C. Baca
The wardrobe for the old
statue in the Polvadera church, which has been amassed for over a century, will
be discussed and displayed in an upcoming program sponsored by San Miguel
Mission. Generations of believers have
been making pilgrimages to this small church in tribute to El Santo. With the birth of
a new child, the return of a loved one from war or in supplication for strength
and blessings during hardship or illness, the faithful have looked to San Lorenzo in thanksgiving. Their gratitude has been made manifest
through these garments and other tokens of love left at the church. During Holy Week, the San
Lorenzo church is a popular destination of many who walk from
Nadine Ulibarri-Keller, a mayordomo at the Polvadera church and who has lived in the village since childhood, will share stories and her experiences in caring for this much loved statue and its accumulated wardrobe.
San Lorenzo is believed to have been born in
Spain, at Osca, a town in Aragon near the foot of the Pyrenees.
He was one of seven deacons of the Church of ancient serving under Sixtus II. He became a martyr in 258 AD during the
persecution of Valerian where he was condemned to a slow, cruel death tied on
top of an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted his flesh little by
little. His feast day is celebrated
August 10. Rome
A presentation by Robert J.C. Baca, President of the New Mexico Genealogical Society and a native son of Socorro will follow Nadine. Baca has been researching Socorro genealogy and history over many years. Although Socorro has a rich history which goes back to the Piro Indian inhabitants of this area and to the Spanish beginning with the 1598 settlers lead by Juan de Onate, modern day Socorro began in 1815 when 70 families from Belen and other areas of
re-established the community. With a
re-discovered 1818 list of 66 Socorro residents who contributed to a military
campaign and other research, Baca re-imagines the Socorro of two centuries ago
when Spanish pioneers began their lives anew in this little community. New Mexico
If you go
What: Lecture: Garments of Faith & Founding of “Modern” Socorro
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2013
Where: San Lorenzo Mission, Polvadera, NM (Exit 156 I-25, right to NM-408, first left to Frontage Road, north to Polvadera)
How Much: $20/person. Tickets available at San Miguel Church Office or Gift Shop.
For more information call 575-835-2891.