Casita in Southern New Mexico
A rustic colorful adobe built from the earth it stands on. We are in the town of Mesilla, a few blocks from the Plaza, a historic center and a 1/2 mi from the Rio Grande River (which isn’t very Grande). Hospitality is the couch or a double bed depending on our 22 year old’s whereabouts. We love company and conversation around the table. We’d love to exchange with another priest and family for a couple of weeks in the summer or January (when Pani is off work).
AmenitiesHeat/ Hot running water; Internet connection; Use of bicycle(s); Use of car (upon written agreement); Telephone; Garden and/or patio; Family friendly; Camping equipment;
Kids are welcome. Pets are welcome.
Region TypeRural; Small Town;
Las Cruces/Mesilla is in the Mesilla Valley an hour north of El Paso and 5 hours south of Albuquerque. White Sands National Monument is an hour away and a fantastic place during the full moon. The local speciality is chilie in many forms. The state question is “Red or Green”. They mean what kind of chile do you want. Great Mexican restuarants a few blocks from the house. The neighborhood is called “Old Mesilla” a historic district.
Local Places to Go
We started St. Anthony of the Desert Mission almost 3 years ago. We rent the chapel space in a local Episcopal church. We are English speaking, mostly convert folks. We’ve had 3 baby baptisms and 1 adult and 4 chrismations, one wedding and no funerals! We are part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Grace Bishop Daniel.
Who We Are
Fr. Gabriel and Pani Susan have lived here for 3 years. We love our little adobe house, even tho it is a little goofy. It is good to check out our house (Mesilla, NM) on Google maps ariel view so you get a feel for our rural/city locale. FG has a vast theological library and a well stocked kitchen. Pani’s domain is the coffee, the outside and the laundry room! FG is a bicycle fiend and loves the area for its year round cycling. We are dog people and supporters of the local dog park.
Languages SpokenGerman English and academic Hebrew/Latin/Greek
Cycling, bread baking, coffee, Theology/Liturgy, books/reading, cooking, dogs. Father G has a podcast on Ancient Faith Radio, “Musings on Mission”.
Very casual and colorful.