The roots of these sacred grounds dates back many years when the original native Indians Lived on these very grounds. Lores shares with us that it was referred to as "Land of the Holy Face".
A very devout SIster of St. Joseph of Boston, Sr. Margaret Catherine Sims, SJ, was sitting in chapel when God the Father spoke to her and requested she build a spiritual life center, to bring souls to Him.
Sr. Margaret was contemplating retirement. She had already tirelessly served God the Father as a teacher, superior of a school in New Mexico, leader in the Charamatic Renewal, pilgimage sponsor and leader for Our Blessed Mother, conference speaker and much more. Could she retire?
After hearing "God's call" for this great undertaking. Sr. Margaret said "YES". Right after she learned of Maria Esperanza de Bianchini and the rest is history.
Maria Esperanza confirmed that "yes". God was calling her to do this work for Him. to build a spiritual life center that would be destined to a place of refuge and bring souls to God. The "Rock" with the image of "the face of Jesus" was unearthed by Maria Esperanza when she walked the land, confirming this was the land God the father has set aside as a spiritual place. Under the guidance of Maria Esperanza, Betania II became a reality. Betania II opened its doors in 2004 - the only Betania physically established by Maria Esperanza prior to her death in 2004.
Maria Esperanza asserted "There will be Betanias all over the world." True to form Betania Communities, prayer fellowships, have come into existence. To date there are 18 Betnia Prayer Communities around the world and growing.