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Lofty Plans for Carrillo's New Catholic Church

By Kay K. Mitchell

Puerto Carrillo has a new church, large with a high vaulted ceiling and arched windows along each side. The entrance is huge, opening to a vast space that leads to the altar that is elevated with wooden lecterns and the appropriate chair for the Bishop.

Master of Construction, Elmer Aleman Ramirez of Estrada, was delighted to share his excitement in the new building as well as the anticipation of the Carrillo community. The church is 270 square meters, more than three times the size of the old church and is built of concrete and blocks. Aleman, well known for his construction expertise, has been a builder for more than 22 years.

The new church is being built on the same site as the old building, strategically located in the center of Puerto Carrillo. Architect Freddy Lopez, from Nicoya, said the architectural design has been based on utilizing traditional forms with modern construction techniques with concrete, steel, glass and marble. “Part of its style is the lack of ornamentation and centering attention on the symbols of the Catholic Church,” he elaborated. “Internally, you can feel the entrance of nature light and air as a natural response to the environmental conditions of the zone. The availability of the area of church members in very direct relation to the area of celebration [of mass] makes reference to the desire to symbolize a community in direct contact with its creed.”  



The Carrillo Community along with the Association of Development in Carrillo, has provided funds for the construction so far. Lopez estimated that at this stage 50 million colones ($100,000) have been invested in the project and another 35 million ($70,000) is needed for finishing details.   

Two prominent women of Carrillo, Mirta Cortes Castrillo and Idaly Castrillo Salazar, are instrumental in providing the impetus behind the fund raising. There is a group that joins them, Los Padrinos (The Godfathers), whose main concern is to finish the church as soon as possible.

There are many plans for the future that are included in Lopez’s design. For example, the windows will have beautiful stained glass. Lopez already has the designs for the windows; they are just waiting to raise the money to install them. The church will also be painted and new pews will be added as soon as possible.

In addition to finishing the church, the group has big dreams for the future. They are hoping to make Carrillo a destination for pilgrims and spiritual seekers who will come to the church to participate in workshops and spiritual events of all kinds.


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