Couple brings cross to town

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

A Clovis couple stopped in Tucumcari as they travel across New Mexico on a mission to share a gift of faith.

Gene and Inez Lovato visited the residence of Jimmy and Gloria Rivera with some precious cargo.

In the back of a enclosed travel trailer laid a six-foot crucifix atop of two feet of foam padding.

“It looks so real, It has given me chills,” said Carmen Garcia of Tucumcari. “The detail is so amazing, this is not something you see every day.”

The sight drew in 150 visitors to the residence at 1009 East Turner Street in just a few hours.

“This is so beautiful,” said Monica Villanueva of Tucumcari. “Being able to see something like this has reaffirmed my faith.”

The Lovatos had the crucifix restored by Victor Golar of Toas and since then have been traveling to different churches to share the cross with the parishioners.

On Saturday Lovato took the crucifix to the Sacred Heart Church in Watros, north of Las Vegas.

“It is the church I grew up in,” Lovato said. “I was an altar boy there. Taking the cross to that church meant a lot to me.”

Gene Lovato said it is their goal to share this crucifix with all the faithful, not just Catholics.

“We want everyone to see it,” Lovato said. “It is something that can be appreciated by all religions.”

Lovato, found the decaying life-sized statue of Jesus Christ nailed to a cross while looking at property in north Clovis in March.

According to University of New Mexico adjunct professor Charlie Carrillo, the crucifix is made from cornstalk called pasta de ca