Ajijic’s Capiila del Rosario situated at the northwest corner of the plaza is a local landmark and an important point of reference for generations of the religious faithful. Today, the 18th-century stone structure is in bad shape, closed down almost two years ago until extensive repairs are done to keep it standing.
Concerned villagers reacted by establishing Sumando Voluntades, an advocacy group dedicated to saving the historical home of the Virgin of the Rosary, the town’s original religious patron. So far, they have elicited collaboration of the National Institute of History and Anthropology (INAH) and ecclesiastical authorities in Guadalajara to assess damages and draw up restoration plans.
Associates are now focused on raising funds to shore up the foundations and repair fractures in the walls and ceiling running through building’s core. A food fair held last weekend pulled in around 38,000 pesos, a pittance compared to at least 700,000 that will be needed to complete the job. Contributions are kept in BBVV Bancomer, registered to card number 4152 3137 0415 7622.
Philanthropists interested in supporting the restoration of Ajijic’s Capilla del Rosario can contact Sumando Voluntades treasurer Toño Miramontes at 331-440-3632 for information on the project.