Santa Rosa de Lima Fiesta
Reprinted in part from information from our friends at the AbiquiuNews.com.
On Aug. 22 the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish will be celebrating its annual Santa Rosa Fiesta in Abiquiu, NM. Read about this special event and history below.
Santa Rosa de Lima Fiesta
Abiquiu, New Mexico
Saturday August 22
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Mass: 10:00 AM
Santa Rosa De Lima Ruins
Procession to the Pueblo of Abiquiu
Free Lunch 12:00 – 1:30
Bingo 1:30 – 4:00
Santa Rosa de Lima
A Step Back in Time
Reprinted with permission
from The Abiquiu Post
image © Carol Bondy
During the summer months, thousands drive by the ruins each day. Few have any clue of the
significance the crumbling adobe walls have registered in time.
Nearly two and a half centuries ago, Santa Rosa de Lima de Abiquiu stood not only as the house of
worship for hundreds of local Spanish Settlers, but it also served as the focal point for civilization in what
is now referred to as northern New Mexico.
struction on the church began in 1737 and was completed in 1750. Up until the turn of the last
century (editor’s note 1900), the building was used for worship services from time to time.
In the early 1800s, as valuable farmland became scarce, many moved to
establish settlements in
communities we now know today as Canones, El Rito and Taos. Up until that time, Abiquiu was a center
of trade and from that point forward, began dwindling as a center of influence.
Who was Santa Rosa?
In 1671 Santa Rosa de Lima
became the first saint from the New World to be canonized. The daughter of
Gaspar de Flores, a conquistador from Puerto Rico, and Maria de Olivia, she was born in Lima, Peru in
1586. Though she was baptized “Isabel,” it was said that she was as beautiful a
s a rose, thus she became
known as Santa Rosa.
While still a child she practiced fasting and penance, and at age 20, joined a lay confraternity. She lived a
secluded life, spending many hours in a hermitage she built as a child in her parent’s garden. Her
tended a profusion of flowers.
She also set up a small infirmary where she nursed destitute children and elderly people. Her efforts laid
the ground work for social work in Peru.
She was credited with saving the people of her country from attacks by pirates and the devastation of
Though her activities attracted the attention of The Inquisition, the investigation found her motivated by
“impulses of grace.”
She died in
1617, having prophesized the exact time of her death. Later she was proclaimed patroness of
Peru, all the Americas, the Indies, and the Phillipines.
Check out the Abiquiu News HERE for more information about what is going on in and around Abiquiu!