A pilgrimage of 40 to 50 women will walk on West Jemez Road around noon Thursday, June 7 to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road, where they will stay for the night.
The group will continue the walk at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, June 8 to San Ildefonso Pueblo.
They are participating in the annual Pilgrimage for Vocations and began walking early Monday morning from Albuquerque and will end their pilgrimage Saturday morning, June 9 at the Santuario del Chimayo.
The Pilgrimage for Vocations started in 1973 with the main goal being prayer and sacrifice for vocations especially to the priesthood and religious life. The pilgrimage has continued to take place during the first week in June each year. The five routes of the June Pilgrimage are Albuquerque, Chama, Costilla, Estancia and Bernal. All routes finish at the Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo.
It takes one week to complete the 100-mile pilgrimage, with men and women taking separate routes and walking about 20 miles a day. Pilgrims sleep in parish halls or school gyms located on the way to Chimayo with local church organizations or families providing meals for the pilgrims. Closing activities with the Archbishop of Santa Fe begin at 9:30 a.m. in Chimayo on the Saturday concluding the pilgrimage.
For more information about the Pilgrimages for Vocations, visit pilgrimagesforvocations.org.