Roundup: September 9, 2015
Almansor Court – 700 S. Almansor, Alhambra, CA
Social Hour: 5:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM
Speaker: Jerry Selmer
Subject: The Peenitentes of New Mexico
In the years following the Mexican Rebellion (1821), the Spanish priesthood was expelled from all of New Spain. In the faraway wilderness of Northern New Mexico, small villages wished to keep their perception of the Catholic faith. Religious groups formed without the direct guidance of the Church, resulting in zealous religious cults that called themselves Penitentes. These groups carry their religious practices to an extreme that is unknown to most of us. In tonight’s program, Jerry Selmer will give us an overview of how these practices blossomed ant how they may be seen from a outsider’s perspective. Come join us to learn about this unusual piece of history from the American Southwest.
Jerry Selmer is a 40-year member of the Los Angeles Corral and served as Sheriff in 1985. During his long public service career, he was appointed Executive Director of the Southwest Museum and served in that capacity from 1989 through 1992.