Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is happy to announce the opening of an elementary school to serve her parish children. On August 19, 2013, the school began classes for the first students of Nuestra Senora la Conquistadora Academy.
Following rich Catholic history and devotion to the Comforter of the Afflicted, this new Academy seeks Our Lady’s powerful intercession in conquering hearts for the reign of Christ.
In 1680, the pagan natives exiled the Spanish colonists in the infamous Pueblo Revolt. Twelve years later, Don Diego de Vargas, Governor of New Spain’s territory of Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico, led a mission to regain the City of the Holy Faith. Without any bloodshed, he was successful and attributed this victory to Our Lady, la Conquistadora. The devoted Spanish official proudly proclaimed New Mexico under her patronage. In the same spirit, her devotees in this school invoke her help in this arduous but worthy work for precious young souls in Albuquerque.
Fr. Ronald Bibeau, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul, was delighted to see the opening of La Conquistadora Academy, which hopes to fortify his beloved parish. Before celebrating Holy Mass, he gave a few words of encouragement to parents, school children, and teachers. At the end of the first day, Fr. Bibeau led Sts. Peter and Paul’s faithful in the Holy Rosary, invoking Our Lady’s assistance in the formation of the academy’s students.
The academy happily anticipates an exciting first year and hopes to lay a firm foundation for many years to come wherein young souls will receive a Catholic education. La Conquistadora Academy invokes Our Lady’s help in this important endeavor.