Book inspired by Virgin Mary

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer At the age of 9, the Rev. Gary C. Caster spent an entire summer expecting Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, to appear before him. The Blessed Virgin didn’t materialize, but Caster’s love and fascination for her never diminished. “It was a long summer,” Caster said. “She never came.” […]

Virgin de Guadalupe still mystery

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We’re not supposed to argue about religion, or so we’re told. But the Virgin Mary has become a very arguable figure in Biblical history, with many alleged apparitions and unexplained events surrounding her. The Virgin Mary — or Our Lady of Guadalupe, as we Latinos call her — holds a […]

Some lawmakers skeptical spaceport plans

By Deboarh Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Richardson administration on Wednesday urged lawmakers to support a state-built spaceport in southern New Mexico as skeptics questioned the risk of investing in what one called a “chancy venture.” The state could be “the birthplace of the second space age” if it built the proposed […]

Mother Mary holds place in many hearts

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist When Pope John Paul II was buried in April, his simple coffin had an engraved cross and letter “M” for Mary. John Paul II held a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, declaring her “Patroness of the Americas.” Since the Virgin Mary, also known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, was […]

Festival fund-raiser boasts everything from carnival games to live bands

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Mitchell Armijo, age 9, took more than eight rides on the “Gyro” at the Fiesta 2005 that ran from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. (CNJ staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents Lindy Esquibel and Sally Romero, who grew up across the street from […]

Pope John Paul II hard act to follow

By Helena Rodriguez When we lived in Abilene, Texas, my daughter, Laura, called me from a youth conference at the archdiocese in San Angelo and excitedly exclaimed, “I met The Pope!” I was like “What?” and then I started rolling in laughter. When I told this to my friend, Debra Vasquez, who was the religious […]

Virgin Mary figure has endured centuries

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe are printed on jewelry and T-shirts. Rivers, mountains and towns bear her name. Her image is displayed in homes and cathedrals and both males and females are named after her. Since the first reported apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico in 1531, […]

Hobbs, Jessie

Jessie Hobbs Services: Have been held. Mrs. Jessie Lee Hobbs, 90, of Portales, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, in Midland, Texas. She was born on May 14, 1913, in Dora, to Robert Lee and Mattie Lou Stinson Yoachum. She moved to Portales with her family in 1918. She graduated from Portales High School in 1930. […]