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The Healing Power of the Santuario de Chimayó: America's Miraculous Church

Brett Hendrickson


Nestled in a valley at the feet of the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico, the Santuario de Chimayó is a Catholic church famous for its miraculous healing dirt. The Healing Power of the Santuario de Chimayó is the first book-length history of this remarkable church, often referred to as the American Lourdes. The book introduces the reader to the fascinating stories of Bernardo Abeyta, the builder of the Santuario; the Pueblo and Nuevomexicano Catholic origins of the holy dirt and the pilgrimage; the rise and proliferation of a semi-autonomous Hispano Catholicism; the eventual sale of the ... More

Keywords: Santuario de Chimayó, Catholic Church, New Mexico, pilgrimage, miracles, tourists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479815500
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479815500.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brett Hendrickson, author
Lafayette College