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"The Oldest Catholic Religious Structure in the USA, on its original foundation,
still holding services"

Photo: David Wilson

OPEN 31+ HOURS PER WEEK

REGULAR VISITING HOURS:

MONDAY: 11AM - 3PM

TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 10AM - 3PM

SUNDAY: 12PM - 3PM

CATHOLIC MASS IN ENGLISH

EVERY FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

AT 3PM

THERE WILL BE A MASS ON MAY 26 AT NOON

LATEST SITE UPDATE:

May 18, 2024

PARKING BEHIND THE LAMY BUIDLING - TOURISM LOT (ADA as well)

Just ask the Docent in the chapel for a tour or to answer any questions.

Photographs and videos allowed.

Restrooms are located at the Visitors Center behind the Chapel and at Upper Crust Pizza.

No restrooms in the chapel.

San Miguel Chapel has been owned by the

non-profit, private Saint Michael's High School and the Christian Brothers Educational Foundation since 1859.

It has never been owned by the

Santa Fe Archdiocese.

Since the Chapel is sanctified and is not a business, there is no required entrance fee.

Sole support for the constant and forever maintenance of this beloved 100% adobe (mud) structure has always come from local and worldwide community who want to preserve the chapel for another 400 years

and for future generations.

Click HERE for a Chapel history.

Click HERE for a San Jose Bell history.

Click HERE for History Resources for further exploration.

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HISTORY

For a complete time-line history of, possibly, the Oldest Church in the US. Click the button below.

 

 

 

 

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Photographs and videos are allowed.  Preservation donation requested.

This private chapel is sanctified by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. 

 

When visiting, please enjoy San Miguel Chapel History Center complete with artifacts and archival photos.

Please engage with our knowledgeable and passionate Docents who can give you a tour during visiting hours  to enrich your chapel experience!

San Miguel Chapel is always looking for MORE DOCENTS to help inform visitors about this wonderful historic building.

 

Please use our CONTACT form if you'd like to schedule a private talk, private event or  join our community as a Docent for 2 - 4 hours per week.

 

 

The contact form  creates a written record of your inquiry so that it may be addressed as soon as possible.

Thank you!

Please

 

 

FAITH

 

Reminder** The Archdiocese does NOT allow wedding ceremonies in

San Miguel Chapel

 

MASSES SHCEU

MASSES:

First Sunday

of the Month

3pm

Latin masses are not being held in the chapel at this time.

 

PRESERVATION

This privately owned building is the best-preserved adobe building in NM.

Learn about how Saint Michael's High School & Cornerstones Community Partnerships,

 People just like you, have restored and preserved San Miguel Chapel for the past 400 years.

Your donation is used exclusively by the Chapel Preservation fund and to support Christian Brothers Education.

Thank you !

 

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Sustaining Community

 San Miguel Chapel is privately owned by Saint Michael's High SchoolLaSallian Christian Brothers private, non-profit school. Historically, adobe churches such as San Miguel Chapel served  their communities for worship and ceremonies as well as other functions. Activities within have included concerts, readings, lectures,  gatherings and town meetings. They may also served as infirmaries and as shelter from weather or danger. People from all walks of life have been gathering

at this location for over 400 years.  

Originating circa 1610, the Chapel was built by indigenous Mexican allies of the Spanish. In 1859, Saint Michael's High School, a Christian Brothers Institution, along with community members and patrons worldwide, has supported the chapels's ongoing preservation. The Archdiocese and St Francis Cathedral administrate solely the religious services with sacraments

when held at San Miguel Chapel.

Acknowledgments and gratitude goes out to locals and visitors who are nourished by Sunday masses; seekers and travelers from around the world who visit to pray, meditate and learn more about the Chapel's culturally significant history; 

enthusiastic concert attendees and to our friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated group of volunteers and docents for their support.

Donate or Volunteer

You can become a member of this 400 year old preservation community

by visiting, donating or helping to preserve and restore San Miguel Chapel.

The Chapel accepts building, cleaning, office materials

as well as volunteer craftsmanship and docent positions.

Craftspeople and volunteers wishing to donate their time and skills towards adobe reconstruction and preservation should contact chapel collaborators

Cornerstones Community Partnerships.

San Miguel Chapel DOCENT program is less formal than state museums

and historical sites. Please use our contact form below

to learn more about becoming a Docent.

Donations to the Chapel are exclusively allocated to the Chapel preservation fund or to tuition assistance for students with challenges.

Thank you!

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FAQ's

 

Q: Can I take photographs in and around the chapel?

A: Yes. Be discrete and respectful of our meditative space.

Sacraments are in the building only during mass.

Q: Can we get married in the chapel?

A: No. The Archdiocese does not allow weddings in the Chapel.

We do allow proposals, vow-renewals and memorials.

Q: Parking?

A: There is parking in the Tourism Lot across Old Santa Fe Trail from the Capital Building (The Roundhouse). You can also enter from De Vargas St (one way) that runs along side the chapel then turn right into the lot, then turn right again to get closer to the chapel.

This lot is reserved state legislative sessions which occur

during February through April each year.

Q: Private Tours?

A: During visitor hours, our enthusiastic and well-informed docents are available to tell you the story about San Miguel Chapel. Just ask!

Please use our contact form with at least 3 days notice if you would like to schedule a private tour with your group.

Q: Why are donations requested?
A: We do not have a set entrance fee.  The chapel is privately owned and for the past 400 years has been preserved and restored solely by gifts from visitors and community who cherish this fragile all-adobe structure. Since constant adobe plastering eroded by weather along with other restorative work needs to be completed at least biannually, the costs are considerable.  As you experience San Miguel Chapel, we ask that you express your appreciation with a donation.

Become a Benefactor of "the oldest church in the USA" when you give anywhere from $5-20 or more.

Please give what you feel comfortable with. Thank you! 

 

Q: Is there a restroom in the Chapel?

A: The plumbing is very old and fragile. We have an arrangement with Upper Crust Pizza next door wherein Chapel visitors can use their restrooms. During weekly business hours, The Visitors' Center adjacent to the back of the chapel, has restrooms as well. Thank you for understanding.
 

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401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe NM, 87501

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