San Antonio de Padua
Catholic Church
Córdova, NM

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San Antonio de Padua, Córdova, NM. photo Mike Gross, August 2018

San Antonio de Padua, Córdova, NM.
photo Mike Gross, August 2018

interior of San Antonio de Padua, with Mayordomo Angelo J. Sandoval
photo Mike Gross August 2023

San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church
Córdova, NM

San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church was founded in 1832 in Córdova,NM. The town of Córdova was founded as Pueblo Quemado in about 1749, and was renamed Córdova, after a member of a pioneer family in the area, when the postoffice was opened in 1900.

San Antonio is a mission of Holy Family Parish in nearby Chimayó. Mass is celebrated at San Antonio only a few times a year, including on the feast day of Saint Anthony de Padua in June and during Holy Week,

The church houses retablos (altar screens) and numerous1bultos (carvings of saints) by José Rafael Aragón (1795-1862), a famous New Mexico santero (carver). The retablos include images of St. Gertrude the Great,Our Lady of Sorrows, the Franciscan Shield, St. Peter the Apostle, St. Raphael the Archangel, St. Michael the Archangel, Our Lady Refuge of Sinners, and St.Claire of Assisi. The bultos include 22 carvings of Jesus, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint Anthony, and numerous other saints.

A major project in 2021 - 2022 cleaned, repaired and preserved the artwork of the church. The project was organized by Nuevo México Profundo and brought together master santeros  Victor Goler, Felix Lopez and Jerry Sandoval. Nuevo México Profundo is a non-profit that has been working since 2019 to preserve the churches and culture of northern New Mexico.

Thanks to Angelo J. Sandoval, the mayordomo of San Antonio dePadua, who graciously opened the church so I could get photographs and who shared his knowledge of the church and preservation work with me. Jerry Sandoval, one of the master santeros who worked on the restoration project, is his uncle.

Location: 185 CR 80, Córdova, NM
Coordinates: 36.0073367, 105.8599983

For more information, see
Boyle, Molly. “Master Santeros Save the Sacred,” New Mexico Magazine. November 2, 2022.

Tashji, Michael. “Resurrecting a Rural Church’s Treasures in New Mexico.” Santa Fe New Mexican.

This link will take you to more information about Nuevo México Profundo, including an opportunity to donate to their work,

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