Brother Denis Murphy has spent time at several Catholic Worker houses, but Trinity House looks like it might be the place where he’ll settle in for a while!
Trinity House Catholic Worker
Located in southwest Albuquerque on Five Points Road, it is a sort of a “Catholic strip”. A couple blocks one way is the Franciscan parish of Holy Family , and a couple blocks the other way is Fr. Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation. Richard joined us one evening for dinner, and the following day we stopped by the Center for a visit. He kindly took the time to give us a tour.
Denis and I with Richard Rohr
Denis is a student in the two-year program at the CAC, which was his motivation for relocating to Albuquerque in the first place. A combination of mild weather, a good location, plus the very positive difference Denis has made in his two years there seems to point to Trinity House being a vey good fit in so many ways.
An outdoor dinner with community members, guests, and neighbor Richard Rohr in the front yard of Trinity House.
The three of us also had the opportunity to visit the Albuquerque campus of Lewis University. Executive Director Jim Saya gave us a tour of this impressive and growing campus in Albuquerque, and we met several staff members.
The three of us with Jim Saya, Exec Dtr.
Bro. Denis and Sheila in the Lewis parking lot.
Currently, Lewis occupies the first floor of the building, which is conveniently located near an expressway and a nearby shopping center. As a Lewis trustee, I was very happy to make a visit and get a better idea of all that is happening at “Lewis Southwest”!
We also explored Santa Fe and took a trip out to see the Sangre de Cristo property, where so many Brothers and others have spent time. The caretaker and his little son gave us a tour. In Santa Fe, our first stop was the Georgia O’Keefe museum downtown. As many of you know, this part of New Mexico is where Georgia O’Keefe settled and did some of her most famous work.
The Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe.
The original icon of San Miguel on the reredos of the Cathedral.
Santa Fe is lovely, filled with wonderful art, and also just a tad “pricey”. We very much enjoyed strolling around the historic downtown and we had a very pleasant lunch there.
Lunch in Santa Fe
Right outside Albuquerque is the Petroglyph National Monument, and we spent a sunny late afternoon visiting the site. It is estimated that these were done around 1300AD, but no one is certain what each image depicts.
A “typical” petroglyph
We also strolled around Old Town, which is the site of the original setting of the city. It’s a delightful area to spend time in, with lots of local folk art represented.
The Church of St. Philip Neri in the heart of Old Town.
Sheila and I were both very impressed with the hospitality and welcome we received everywhere, especially on Five Points Road. We strongly encourage you to plan a trip to northern New Mexico. It really did live up to its name. “The Land of Enchantment.”
A few parting shots:
Buster and Paws, the Trinity House “watchdogs”
“Tres Amigas”: Mary Ann, Sheila, and Mary in their usual mode!
MUCHAS GRACIAS to Denis and everyone who made our stay so memorable!