Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dear Friend,

I hope you will enjoy learning about a hidden gem in the Southwestern U.S.

Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Due to a formidable error, it was built with no access to the choir loft twenty-two feet above. A ladder was suggested as a means to access the choir loft but that seemed far too impractical to the nuns. Several expert carpenters were consulted and the verdict was the same “building a staircase would take up too much room in the small church due to the height of the choir loft”. The only two alternatives were to climb to the loft via a ladder or tear the entire balcony down and rebuild it. Legend has it that the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena (a devotion consisting of nine separate days of prayers) to St. Joseph (the father of Jesus), the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase which had two 360 degree turns with no visible means of support was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters’ prayers.

To this day questions surround the number of stair risers relative to the height of the choir loft and about the types of wood and other materials used in the stairway’s construction.

Over the years many have flocked to the Loretto Chapel to see the Miraculous Staircase. The staircase has been the subject of many articles, TV specials, and movies including “Unsolved Mysteries” and the television movie titled “The Staircase.”

We look forward to your comments on this “Angel”.

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91 Responses to “Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico”

  1. Mara Stojcevska says:

    The starcase is a symbol of the double helix DNA = messenger of a beautiful plan for humanity in our near horizon!

  2. Lynn Kilfoil says:

    The staircase is absolutely beautiful. So glad I have seen if even if its only on an email.
    I do believe it was a miracle

  3. Silva Okoumouchian says:

    It is really a very beautiful work and miraculous. Miracles are by God. No?
    Thanks be to the Holy Spirit and all the saints in heaven.

  4. Silva Okoumouchian says:

    Realy very beautiful and miraculous work.
    Miracles are made by God. No?

  5. ric says:

    miracles, miracles, miracles everywhere, wow, can you imagine that, God is everywhere!

  6. I do believe this was a miracle. St. Jopseph is my Patron Saint and I always turn to him when I have a problem and has guided me in so many ways. Thank you.

  7. Robin Swanson says:

    The stairway is so beautiful. The detail is wondeful..but then again I am not suprise because God only gives his very best to his children.

  8. Robin Swanosn says:

    Now that you mention it I see were you get the DNA, thing I would have never noticed thanks for pointing that out. Its even more beautiful now.

  9. Regina Shipp says:

    The staircase is a beautiful example of the talent God gave to an earthly MAN,yet it cannot compare to the beauty are ALL of GOD’S creations He gives us freely. Think how breathtaking heaven will be, accessible only by salvation, again given freely.

  10. Sherry Whytre says:

    Absolutely Stunning!!!Miracles Are All Around Us! Here Is A T!estamant To One

  11. Salma Aitcheson says:

    5th July, 2010 – 12:p.m.

    This is so awesome and an absolute blessing. I may never see it in person but at least I can say that I have seen it on the net. Thanks for sharing.

    God Bless, and keep up the good work.


  12. Argentina says:

    It is beautiful …

  13. Gerri says:

    how beautiful the staircase is. :) a blessing n gift from God.

  14. Lynn E says:

    This is only 1 of God’s miracles: Crossing of the Red Sea, Birth of Christ,Calming of the Sea. and of course the Salvation of Man for free.

  15. Ernie says:

    The is truly an awesome story which can only be described as a miracle. Thank God.

  16. Debbie K says:

    It is truely AWESOME. GOD’S love for us is never ending. And HIS love and gift’s are never ending. There really are no word’s to thank GOD or Saint Joseph. We see HIS miracle’s every day, when we open our eye’s. What wonder’s we do see. Every day is our miracle. GOD bless you all.

  17. JOE says:

    God is great. The Holy Spirit is all around us. The question is, Do you want it? Thank the Lord for all the miraculous deeds. The Lord is my saviour, there is none that I shall want.

  18. Nita says:

    I have seen the staircase. It’s amazing and awesome

  19. Lesia says:

    Absolutely awesome are God’s creations. It would be wonderful to see in person. God’s blessing to all.

  20. Amabilis says:

    Really beautiful Staircase,
    Thank God for performing such a miracle
    through St. Joseph,
    May many more believe in Him and,
    May His glory spread over all.

  21. joy nagle says:

    Over the years my husband and I made many trips to Santa Fe when we would have company visiting us in Albuquerque. Stopping in to show them the stair case was a must and always people were impressed and appeared to believe that St. Joseph must have made it. What a blessing this was for the nuns at the church to have their prayers answered. The more we believe in miracles the more seem to appear around us.

  22. deepak says:

    God is still at work.

  23. Molly Mathew says:

    I stand in awe when I read about this Miracle. We have so many miracles around us and still we fail to realise Our Saviour Still Walks with us. Praise His Name For Ever and Ever.

  24. nelly H. olaer says:

    What great beauty the staircase is! What great wonder its existence! Truly a miracle! All for the greater glory of God!

  25. Ruth says:

    Praise God forevermore…….For myself I don’t put any trust in what some people call ‘saints’, My trust and complete faith is in my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, so to me God and His Holy Spirit built the staircase using a humble man, perhaps an angel in disguise……..HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

    God bless you all and may you walk in His steps for His honor and glory………

  26. Elia Adriana says:

    I believe in miracles that are for God’s glory, and it seems to me this staircase is one of them.

  27. Glenda says:

    Besides a sunset, only God, through His angels/saints could have
    created that beauty…

  28. christine says:

    God ALWAYS provides!

  29. maryann says:

    St. Joseph is a wonder worker. I do believe in Miracles. Each day is a miracle. The free air that we breathe is a miracle. The mere fact that I am in the Now is a miracle. St. Joseph, watch over us and protect us. Amen. The Lord is awesome!

  30. Rational Thinker says:

    It was built by a man. That’s what the story says. If it was a saint, why would it have taken so long? Why wouldn’t he have shown up with halo or robe on? Why would a saint come disguised? Get real! A man came and built it. It is supported by it’s rails, just like DNA and so many other helical structures in this world (there are many, just look around). It’s a miracle that some people still believe in miracles…

  31. Ann Collett says:

    This is beautiful! God is amazing! I believe this was a true miracle done by Jesus himself,after all,He was a carpenter.

  32. Ann Collett says:

    To Rational Thinker,we all can tell you must not believe in God,why would you not believe in miracles?and why would you visit this website? As for me— I know God is real and it is sad that people like you would say such a thing. Hey everyone that does believe,pray for this person.

  33. Leela Pestana says:

    This miracle strengthens our belief in the Power Of God.
    It makes our faith stronger ,knowing that God listens to our cries for help and always give us the answer.
    Miracles happen every day ,but sometimes we overlook them.

  34. adity killa says:

    God is Great!!!and always answers to his Children. The staircase is actually awesome and wonderful creation by God himself.

  35. shirley sonnefield says:

    This staircase is beautiful. Why would anyone question this. How many staircases like this has anyone seen without a supporting pole.None or it would have been reported. I have the movie of this and I believe this is a miracle.

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  37. What a miracle: Was talking today about the Starcases.
    I do plane to see it in Santa Fe New Mexio. With the
    grace of God this will happen.For those who don’t believe, you’re in my prayers.

  38. The Staircase, was our conversation today. I was so
    pleased to hear about it once again. With Gods grace
    I plan of going to Sante Fe, New Mexcio. For those who
    don’t belive you’re in my prayers.

  39. marian says:

    I have seen this staircase its amazing .The chapel is beautiful. I am going back on saturday to Pray to Our Lord for my critically ill veteran son .A holy place? Its a special place to be close to God.

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