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During and following an extensive conversation I had with a priest, Fr. Terry Brennan, whom I met on a rather long flight in 2012, Pilgrimage New Mexico became a "possibility". We both share a love of New Mexico and especially its rich Catholic history, missions, and so much more!!! New Mexico is, indeed, the "Land of Enchantment".

I am a 40-year veteran of the travel industry, and at that time, I was contemplating retirement. Fr. Brennan was then, and continues to be, a pastor within the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

In 2014, Pilgrimage New Mexico, LLC was formed.

Our local guides have been carefully selected for their in-depth knowledge and love for New Mexico. Fr. Brennan, our Pilgrimage Chaplain, gives talks at various sites (some of these are located on Indian Pueblos and not open to the public). If desired, Fr. Brennan will offer a private Mass—in English or Latin, as well as 1 to 3 day retreats, to our pilgrim groups.

Our pilgrimage itineraries highlight New Mexico’s fascinating Catholic history, its well-preserved missions, churches, and other historical and religious sites—several with amazing stories of the supernatural!!! Mix these with the region’s unique and varied traditions, culture, people, art, wines, and foods, and you have a pilgrimage like no other!

We cater mainly to groups of 20 to 30 participants; most led by a pastor or a pilgrimage coordinator. Each itinerary is custom designed to suit the time, interest, and budget of the group; they are generally four to seven days in length. However, should you be in Santa Fe or Albuquerque on business or holiday and only have a free day or two to experience our religious sites, based on our availability, we may be able to make special arrangements to take you on an abbreviated and private "pilgrimage".

We also invite promoters of Catholic conferences or retreats to consider working with us; we have excellent contacts and contracts with numerous hotels, motor coach providers, restaurants, potential speakers, tour guides, and more. Together we can plan a conference/pilgrimage or retreat/pilgrimage which caters to your group’s interests.

As we deem it extremely important to support the continuing, expensive, and extensive maintenance and restoration of our beloved Missions, each trip operated by Pilgrimage New Mexico includes a donation to each of the missions visited. We hope to welcome you soon to the Land of Enchantment! Come, see, experience, and be blessed!

Claire Arel-Foster

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