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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Church of The Immaculate Conception at Tomé, Nuevo México

The church has been remodeled and is beautiful inside and out. The last time I had seen it was in December 2011 with the walls exposed. Also, my Mom had made a photograph of the church in the late 1990s during a snow day and I love that image. The bell towers are the outstanding visible feature in the remodel, and while I am not a fan of the actual aesthetics, it's more important to recognize the long term needs of the edifice, the parishioners and the Church, and the work that the community put into making this happen. Many of my ancestors of the late 1700s were married here including Domingo Sánchez and his bride Ma. Guadalupe Baca. The coupe was related to the third degree of consanguinity and the impediment was dispensed by the Bishop of Durango. Their Diligencia Matrimonial and marriage record are quite intriguing. Domingo Sánchez read and wrote and his record of enlistment in the militia cavalry is in the Spanish Archives of 1808, having enlisted at Isleta, NM. When I visit the church I imagine their ceremony and their presence in and around the church, despite various modifications of the actual building throughout the ages.