• Altar/table 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      The simple altar/table has the inscription "ichthus" meaning fish but which is the Greek acrostic for "Jesus Christ God's Son Savior."
    • Chapel in San Joaquin 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      Close up of the altar in its simplicity. Blocks of stone inscribed with a simple "icthus." Behind the altar to the side is the tabernacle for the reserved host.
    • Chapel in San Joaquin 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      This contemporary chapel has a simple pulpit to the left, altar, and tabernacle for the reserved host.
    • Chapel in San Joaquin 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
    • Cloister of San Joaquin 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      Shrine of the crucified Christ, adorned with flowers.
    • Confessional 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      A simple but architecturally elegant confessional, done with the utmost simplicity.
    • Convent church of San Joaquin 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      This early church can best be described as the fortress style which reflects the unsettled period of conquest.
    • The Convent of San Joaquin 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      The Convent of San Joaquin (Convento de San Joaquin) was founded in 1689. At our visit it was about to celebrate it's tricentennial.
    • Crucifix 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      The Christ in agony on the cross has been modestly and lovingly covered with a rich fabric.
    • Enrique Espinosa and Father Geraldo Lopez 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
    • Entry into the convent 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
    • Entry portal 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      The simplicity of the stonework reminds one of the seriousness of the conventual life.
    • Façade 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      Simple adornment with water spouts looking more like canon than gargoyles.
    • Father Geraldo Lopez & architect Hector Giron 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      The crucifix is high in the apse, behind the simple altar/table. Again, an ancient church shows the impact of Vatican II.
    • Nave and apse 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      The church, in a very restrained classical style, adorned the altar and apse with a simple hanging and crucifix.
    • Our guides in the cloister of San Joaquin 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      Hector Giron, architect, center and Father Geraldo Lopez, right.
    • Polychrome Saint 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
    • The theater 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      Not everything was serious in this convent.