Father Albert’s Legacy — the Apache Christ church (St. Joseph’s)

Apache Christ Church In 1916 Father Albert sat in the Tularosa, New Mexico train depot waiting for Ralph Shanta to pick him up and take him to the Mescalero reservation. This was his first assignment after becoming an ordained priest of the Franciscan order. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he came from a world of culture and comfort. This was not that world. Sweat poured down his back as he stared at the striated cliffs of the Sacramento Mountains. [...] Read more »

Round Mountain Visions — The Spell of Tularosa and Mescalero

The view from Round Mountain, facing west across White Sands to the San Andreas Mountains. Photo by the Author.   On a warm January day I climbed Round Mountain to see what I could see. The cone shaped peak was 1000 feet above the 4500 foot high desert floor. My sea level legs and lungs strained into a climb that should have been easy. The path up was actually a shallow gully washed out by rain. Yucca challenged my progress [...] Read more »