Stations of the Cross

The outdoor Stations of the Cross provide a fitting setting for pilgrims to draw closer to Christ by making with Him, in prayer, the Way of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross, dedicated December 9, 2004 on the Feast of Saint Juan Diego, wind alongside the bluff in a natural setting.

The Stations of the Cross are a most treasured devotion in the Church, for they help us in a direct and practical way to meditate upon all that it meant for our Lord to suffer and die for us, to save us from our sins and to win for us the gift of everlasting life. When we cannot travel to the actual places in the Holy Land, in which our Lord accomplished our salvation, we make the Way of the Cross, mystically uniting ourselves to the Lord in the very places made holy by Him Who is all holy. Making the Stations of the Cross, how can we ever doubt God’s love for us, His providence in our lives! – Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate invite you to join them in praying the Stations of the Cross:

Stations of the Cross
Fridays  –  
2:45 p.m.
Begin in the Narthex of the Church, then process to outdoor devotional area.

In case of bad weather, Stations will be prayed in the Church.

*Exception:  If a Church Solemnity falls on a Friday, Stations of the Cross will be cancelled.

GOOD FRIDAY – Shrine is closed.

The encasement for each Station was designed by Michael Swinghamer of River Architects in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The bronze reliefs were designed by artist Anthony Visco of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A paved path leads pilgrims along the Way of the Cross. Granite benches are placed at each station to allow pilgrims to rest, meditate, and pray.

The Way of the Cross Archway was designed to match the Rosary Walk Archway. The bronze reliefs were designed by Koh-Varilla Guild of Chicago, Illinois. The Archway was blessed by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, on December 12, 2015.

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