Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cathedral (Video)
The lovely Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, New Mexico, is the seat of the Catholic Diocese of Gallup. The cathedral contains unusual and historically relevant stained glass windows. One includes an image of Fray Marcos de Niza, the Franciscan friar who mistook Zuni Pueblo for one of the Seven Cities of Cibola and who then accompanied Francisco Vázquez de Coronado on his famous expedition (1540–1542) to Zuni and other areas that are now considered New Mexico and the Southwestern United States. Another depicts Anselm Weber the Franciscan friar who served as a missionary to the Navajo from1898 until his death in 1921.
Fr. Anselm, who cofounded the Mission St. Michaels in Arizona on the Navajo nation, helped the Navajo Indians gain control of much of the land that had not been officially included as part of their reservation despite their having long lived there. He worked closely with St. Katharine Drexel and with other national figures within the Catholic Church to promote the evangelization of the Navajo and came to be known as the "Apostle to the Navajo," the title that appears under the stained-glass portrait of him in Sacred Heart Cathedral.