Historic San Antonio Church

 

It was in 2006 that the west wall of Questa’s historic church collapsed.  Our church was built in the mid-1800’s by the first families of what was then the village of San Antonio del Rio Colorado.

Undaunted, today’s descendants of those original builders are hard at work restoring our traditional adobe church to its former glory.  We expect the structure to be re-consecrated sometime this summer (2016).

Volunteer laborers have been working almost non-stop since winning their struggle with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for permission to begin restoration.  The Archdiocese believed the damage to the structure was too great to bother with and favored replacing the historic heart of this community with a simpler, modern structure.  Thankfully a lot of faith, lobbying, determination, and compromise prevailed.  The church now is in the hands of the restorers and will be returned to the Archdiocese when the work is completed; a deadline of six years was given.

The fixtures inside the church were not damaged; the beautiful Stations of the Cross were all saved.  Volunteers have gone to the forest and felled trees, milling new timbers for the structure in the same ways that our families did generations ago.  The new stained glass is being made here by local craftspeople.

Young, old, Catholic, or not; Volunteer help is always welcome!  Workers gather Saturdays from 8a.m. to noon, or beyond.  After a blessing by the priest; work begins and lunch awaits all helpers.

The last few years have seen much fund-raising; from custom truck raffles, to dances, and the selling of memorial adobes from the original structure, and hand-sewn quilts created by parishioners.   Much professional labor has been donated, but some materials must be paid for; each new adobe is a (reduced) one dollar cost, one pallet of the bricks cost $75.00 and (tax-deductible) donations are still greatly appreciated.

For more information, please visit the church which is always open and welcoming of guests.

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