San Felipe de Neri Church is an Albquerque gem in Old Town. Many locals feel that this beautiful, old church makes the square something special. Its outline is certainly an inspiration against the silhouette of otherwise commercial businesses.
Passerbys describe the morning bells as a joyful vibration, and others describe the glow from the lights lit within as “a comfort.” Admittedly, joy and comfort are something we all can use year-round.
Amidst the overwhelming hustle and bustle of the 21st century, it’s rare to find a place that reminds us of goodness, and peace. While extending an invitation to reconnect with what really matters … San Felipe de Neri is that place.
San Felipe de Neri has been part of the community since 1706. It was initially started with 80 families under the direction of a Franciscan priest named Fray Manuel Moreno.
The church’s name was changed from San Francisco Xavier to San Felipe de Neri by the Duke of Alburquerque in honor of King Philip of Spain.
The initial construction collapsed in 1792, and the current structure was rebuilt the following year. Over the centuries, many additions and restorations have been done. With the exception of the tin ceiling, brick floor and south entrance, today’s structure remains the same as the one built in 1793.
Since the new millennium, the church has undergone a three-phase renovation. The third phase of renovations is currently underway; contributions made to the Arise and Rebuild Fund may be sent to the parish office.
A spiritual experience
Known as the spiritual heart of the community, the parish offers weekly Masses, confession and adoration times.
The church holds three Masses on Sundays: 7 a.m., 9 a.m. (Spanish service) and 11 a.m.
Plan a visit
One review states, “This is a very simple church but very fun to explore.” San Felipe de Neri opens its doors to those looking for inspiration, hope and a glimpse into the town’s rich past.
There is no charge to visit the church grounds, but donations are accepted for those who wish to explore. Many visitors suggest that a visit can take 30 minutes to a few hours.
A gift shop is present with many tokens available for purchase. A small museum is also present on the grounds.
If you’re looking for an inspiring place to catch your breath and take in the New Year, this peaceful sanctuary may be just what your heart needs.