Ana Pacheco, "A History of Spirituality in Santa Fe"

Air Dates: July 2-4, 2016

This week’s guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is Ana Pacheco, Historian for the City of Santa Fe, and the author/editor of six books on New Mexico history. Her most recent book is A History of Spirituality in Santa Fe: The City of Holy Faith.

Pacheco is an award winning journalist who was the founding editor/publisher of “La Herencia,” a publication that for 15 years captured stories and traditions of Santa Fe. PEN New Mexico gave her an award for her work on preserving Hispanic culture. She served on the National Hispanic Cultural Center Board for seven years and received the Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women.

“A History of Spirituality in Santa Fe” goes from the geology of the sacred lands around Santa Fe to the theology of the introduction of Catholicism to Santa Fe by the Spanish, even christening it the City of Holy Faith.

Over the centuries religious groups from all around the world sought spiritual refuge in Santa Fe, including Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam, Crypto Jews, and New Age groups. Pacheco documents the rich religious and spiritual history of this high-mountain community.

Other books penned by Pacheco include “Saints & Seasons: A Guide to New Mexico's Most Popular Saints” and a biography “J. Paul Taylor: The Man from Mesilla.”