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Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 8:40 pm, Sat Mar 30, 2013.

John “Juanito” Jimenez isn’t a parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Abiquiú. Nor is his friend Rik Gonzales. But neither hesitated when asked to help design and create a new baptismal font for the church — one in keeping with the character of the Northern New Mexico village the church calls home.

The Santo Tomas parish was established in 1740, and the town of Abiquiú served, at one point, as the most northern post in colonial New Mexico. Jimenez said that history inspired him as he created the font.

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