Diocese: Diocese of the South
Deanery: Southcentral Deanery
10440 4th St NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
Take I-25 to the Alameda exit. Go West on Alameda to 4th Street. Go North on 4th St. for approximately 1 mile. The church is located on the East side of the street, just South of the El Pinto Restaurant.
Schedule of Services
All services are primarily in English
6:00 PM Great Vespers and Confessions.
9:10 AM Hours; 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy followed by Fellowship.
6:00 PM Vespers, 7:00 PM Orthodoxy / Inquirer’s Class.
6:00 PM Great Vespers with Litiya, Confessions.
Eves of Great Feasts
9:10 AM Hours, 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts
For more information see www.AllSaintsofNorthAmerica.net
In the fall of 1993, the Very Rev. Fr. George Sondergaard and about 12 Orthodox faithful gathered at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Albuquerque to discuss the feasibility of an English-language OCA mission in Albuquerque. The consensus was that it was not only feasible, but necessary. And so, armed with the inspiration of the first Orthodox missionaries to America and the prayers and patronage of the Saints of North America, a commitment was made by those present to work for this goal. Word quickly spread and soon there were many other people interested in an English language mission. The pastor of St. Mary’s (Fr. David Clark) allowed the burgeoning Orthodox community to use an empty classroom where they built an Altar, Proskomedia table, an Iconostas, and a reader’s stand. Icons and supplies were bought or borrowed. Once the mission was able to begin services and live a fairly complete parochial life at St Mary’s, this marked the beginning of All Saints of North America Orthodox Mission and we began to witness some real growth among the ranks of the faithful.
When Fr David Clark and a goodly portion of his flock decided to leave St Mary’s and the Episcopal Church and enter the Antiochian Orthodox Church, we were soon made to know that our continued presence at St Mary’s was now a “little awkward”. So we left St Mary’s and were given refuge at St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church—where Fr Clark and his flock had settled, with their own Orthodox Chapel. We were aware the arrangement was temporary and so we began an intense search for suitable space to rent. We found, after much time and effort, that anything that we could afford was not suitable for our needs. Anything that was suitable for us was well beyond our financial means. We also began to realize that we would never really get ahead paying out large amounts of money for rented property. We decided to “step out in faith” and, accompanied by much fervent prayer, began to look for something to buy.
God answered our prayers and we found a piece of property. It was just under an acre and had an old adobe and cinderblock building and another one room cinderblock storage building located about two blocks from the Rio Grande River in the far North Rio Grande valley. We took possession of the property, on Friday, March 21, 1996. After a great deal of manual work, we were ready for our first services in one week. So on Palm Sunday, 1996, we had our first Divine Liturgy amidst great joy and Thanksgiving. We also had the full cycle of services for Holy Week and Pascha.
His Eminence, Archbishop Dmitri, visited the parish in February 1997 to bless the work accomplished by the mission and to encourage its members in their continuing efforts. Over the next six years, the mission continued to grow and prosper and, in September 2003, the parish closed on property for a new church and hall. We built the hall in early 2004 and had Archbishop Dmitri visit shortly after Pentecost of the same year to bless the site of our church. However, due to the rising cost of construction materials in 2005, the parish postponed the construction of the church and is now considering a bold multi-phase project estimated at nearly 2 million dollars. When completed, however, we shall at last have a proper temple dedicated to the glory of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and in honor of all the Saints who have shown forth in this North American land. Donations are welcome. Please contact Fr. Nikolay Miletkov for more information or send your building fund offering to All Saints of North America Orthodox Church, 10440 Fourth Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114. Glory to God!