Bradford Karelius

Bradford Karelius

Father Brad Karelius writes about the spirituality of the desert, focusing on the Eastern Sierra of California and the Mojave Desert. He has published three books on desert spirituality and writes a popular blog, "Desert Spirit Press," that is read in over 75 countries. Father Brad has been an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles for 50 years and Professor of Philosophy at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA for 45 years. He is the author of "The Spirit in the Desert: Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Owens Valley" (2009), "Encounters with the World's Religions: The Numinous on Highway 395" (2015), and "Desert Spirit Places: The Sacred Southwest" (2019). His forthcoming book is "Desert Spirituality for Men."

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Penitentes of New Mexico

Traveling the back roads of New Mexico can be disorienting. The Old Pecos Trail and the Old Santa Fe Trail may pass through the outskirts of Santa Fe, but before I know it, the narrow roads can suddenly turn off to a dirt road winding through six-foot high walls of tumbleweeds and sagebrush.

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