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Ray Michael Baca
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BIOGRAPHY

Ray Michael Baca was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1959, and grew up in the small town of Bernalillo. He attended Navajo Community College in Tsaile, Arizona, and Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and since 1981 has made his career in the business sector.

BOOKS

Brotherhood of the Light

Brotherhood of the Light follows the lives of three men from one family who lived in different centuries but were inexorably bound by the legacy of a cross that was brought from the Old World to the New. A relic that had come to prominence at the battle for Granada, when Spain united to expel the Moors.

Descendants of Sephardic Jews who fled the Inquisition in Spain, the family joined Los Hermanos Penitentes. This secretive society of lay Catholic men in Northern New Mexico, who believe in emulating Christ's Passion, his trial, his walk, and his suffering upon the cross at the end of each Lenten season, was used for a dozen generations as a shield by the family to disguise their Crypto-Jewish identity while they struggled with the legacy bestowed them.

Moving seamlessly between the past and present, weaving together the intricacies of religious fundamentalism, unwavering faith, and a true passion for knowing one's past, Ray Michael Baca takes us on a journey into the stark, beautiful desert, and the romantic valley of the Rio Grande, where Spanish dreams and Native souls have clashed and then lived as neighbors for 400 years.

AVAILABILITY

National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque

Decolores Galleria, Albuquerque

Treasure House Books, Albuquerque

Bookworks, Albuquerque

Collected Works, Santa Fe

Cultural Legacy Booksellers, Denver

Contact Information:

www.raybacabooks.com

ray@raybacabooks.com

rbjje@aol.com

(505) 350-7238