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Phoyo by Bill MacDonald Maya MacDonald, Gabrielle Rael, Kimber Macdonald and Georgianna Rael make their annual pilgrimage from Costilla to Questa

Editor’s Letter April 2023

What you need to know if you’re walking for Good Friday

Good Friday is on April 7 and walkers will be making the traditional 20-mile pilgrimage from Costilla’s Sagrado Corazon (Sacred Heart) Church to Questa’s St. Anthony’s Church on this day. People who are interested in walking for this pilgrimage are encouraged to prepare for the journey ahead of time to ensure a safe and spiritual experience.

Miguel Rael has walked hundreds of miles through various pilgrimages over the years. We asked him what he thought would be most important for people to know if they’re interested in walking for the first time this year. “I’d say people should come with a good pair of running shoes or shoes that they are most comfortable with. Warm-ups, socks, a pullover, beanie, hats, and gloves are all good options for attire,” Miguel says.

In researching items people most bring to pilgrimages, wrist watches, reusable water bottles, light and easy-to-carry snacks, prescription medication, Kleenex, and ChapStick were all high on the list. In addition, a small backpack or fanny packs are recommended to easily carry your contents through your walk.

Miguel says that in addition to physical items, it’s very important to spiritually prepare yourself prior to the walk. “It’s important for people to come with an open mind. If people want to participate, be actively involved in participating with the group. Sometimes, the group will walk in silence, singing and praying, and having conversations with your fellow caminantes (walkers) is all part of the experience,” says Miguel.
Walkers who are interested in joining this year’s Good Friday pilgrimage should be at the Sagrado Corazon Church in Costilla around 4 am on Friday, the walk will begin between 4:30 and 5 a.m.