Loretito Chapel, Legacy from Colonial Times

San Luis de la Paz, Gto.  Thursday, March 1, 2011.  At the corner of Allende with Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, is somewhat hidden a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto, popularly known as Loretito. There is no documentation about its history. Although, oral tradition says that it was built in the Colonial Era.  Physically, it is confirmed by a Jesuit symbol that is hardly noticeable at the frame of the entrance of the church.

This invocation of Virgin Mary comes from Loreto, Italy, country from which originated several of the missionaries of the Society of Jesus who came to New Spain.  During Colonial Times, there were dozens of chapels like this throughout the city.  The oratories were usual among Otomi Indians who arrived to set the example of sedentary lifestyle to the Chichimeca.  Many of the chapels began as family owned.  Over time, they became the devotion of the whole neighborhood where they were located.


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