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A Literary and Artistic Figure

Fray Angélico Chávez

As New Mexico's first native Franciscan priest, Fray Angélico Chávez (1910-1996) is known as a literary and artistic figure, as well as an intellectual and an historian.

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Fray Angélico Chávez was born in Wagon Mound, New Mexico, an addition to the Chávez and Roybal lineage that have long ties to northern New Mexico. He lived his early life in Mora, where his first language was Spanish, and later in the villages of Pena Blanca, Cerrillos, and the Indian pueblos of Santo Domingo, Cochiti, San Felipe, and Jemez, where he served for over thirty years. He was later appointed archivist for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe (1975-1982). His published works focus on the people who first made their way up the Rio Grande Valley from El Paso del Norte to their descendants who faced the advancing American frontier. His contribution to translation, genealogic research, and regional history is a legacy to his lifelong devotion to his Hispanic heritage.

In 1995, Fray Angélico Chávez, honored the Pueblo Chapter by permitting the use of his name in its title. The Fray Angélico Chávez Chapter, GSHA, located in Pueblo, Colorado, is the largest of two Chapters in the United States that currently make up the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA). Its members are dedicated to ongoing genealogical research; comprised of the study of family history, tracing lineages, and recording ancestral information.


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