Dozens make pilgrimage to Chimayo despite cancellation of Good Friday tradition

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- For the second year in a row, the Good Friday pilgrimages to Chimayo and Tome Hill were canceled.

However, some people made the trek, against the advice of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

"We still wanted to come," said Lorraine Chavez. "We’re big believers of Chimayo"

Lorraine and Ashley Chavez made the pilgrimage from Las Vegas.

"This is my first year walking. I think it’s pretty cool," Ashley said. "I think it’s an awesome sacrifice to do this for someone that you love or someone that you care about and pray for. I think it’s awesome. So I want to do this for the rest of my life."

Lorraine said she’s made the pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo for 35 years. She said is important.

"My husband is kind of ill and to pray for my mom she’s 86 and pray for daughter. She’s got stomach problems," she said. "And just pray for all my friends that are sick and cousins and aunts and uncles that are sick and make my prayers."

For believers, El Santuario de Chimayo holds healing powers in its holy dirt.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe officially canceled the pilgrimage for a second year in a row because of the pandemic.

The chapel was also closed.

The archdiocese hopes to resume regular full-scale pilgrimages next year.