San Francisco de Asis Church

Celebrating 300 years, also known as "Ranchos Church," this sanctuary was built in the late 1700s and was made famous by Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams, among many other artists who became fascinated by its looming buttresses. The San Francisco de Asis Church is still an integral part of its community. Surrounding the church are shops, galleries, trading posts, and restaurants - all housed in old adobe buildings as well.

Every spring, the people of the community gather to mud a new layer of adobe on the walls, preserving their church in the time-worn ways of northern New Mexico, with a mixture of mud and straw. The work is called “enjarre”, or re-mud.

Inside the parish office resides “The Shadow of the Cross,” or “the Mystery Painting,” by Henry Ault. A small fee is charged and you will also be shown a short video about the Church.

San Francisco de Asis Church visiting hours are 10am – 4pm Wednesday – Sunday. Call for current hours.

Sunday Mass Service: 7am Spanish, 9:00am & 11:30am English.
Weekdays: 6:45am Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri.
60 St Francis Plaza, Ranchos de Taos, NM

200th Anniversary History Programs (All lectures take place in the church)

After Enjarre, June or July 2015
David Maes – “A Short History of San Francisco de Asis Church”

Week of August 17, 2015
Set up exhibits in the Parish Hall (panels, documents, translations and photos)

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Open exhibits in the Parish Hall

Sunday, August 23, 2015
2 pm - David Maes – “A Short History of San Francisco de Asis Church”

Sunday, August 30, 2015
2:30 pm – The Rev. Msgr. Jerome J. Martinez y Alire – “The Penitente Brotherhood in Northern New Mexico”

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015
2 pm - Gustavo Victor Goler – “Spanish Colonial Folk Art and Ranchos Church”

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015
2 pm – New Mexico State Historian Dr. Rick Hendricks – “The Catholic Church in Northern New Mexico in the early 1800s”

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015
Annual St. Francis Bazaar - St. Francis School parking lot and gym

Sunday, Sept 27, 2015
2 pm – Enrico and Roberta Velasquez – “The Chapel of Our Lady of San Juan, Talpa, New Mexico”

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Mass and Feast Day of San Francisco de Asis and the official 200th anniversary
Archbishop of Santa Fe to celebrate the anniversary Mass

Sunday, October 11, 2015
2 pm - Catherine Collins - "History of the Los Cordovas Chapel"

Sunday, October 18, 2015
2 pm - Charles Hawk, Bob Romero - "History of the Llano Quemado Chapel"

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