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The Cross in the Woods Shrine
The shrine had it's origin in 1946 when Reverend Charles D. Brophy was inspired
by the example of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. Kateri, also known as the Lily
of the Mohawks, had a custom of placing crosses on trees in the forest as
places to stop and pray.
The 55 foot high cross was made from an enormous Oregon redwood. It was
erected in 1954. Sculptor Marshall M. Fredericks created a bronze, seven
ton image of the crucified Jesus. It was raised into place in 1959.
Kateri, whose name means "moving all things before her," was born in 1656
near Auriesville, New York. Her mother was a Christian member of the
Algonquin Indian nation and her father was a chief of the Mohawk tribe.
Kateri's favorite devotion was to fashion crosses out of sticks and place
them throughout the woods. These crosses served as stations that reminded
her to spend a moment in prayer. This unique act of devotion inspired Father
Charles D. Brophy to recommend that the new Indian River Church be named after Kateri.
Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis was born in 1181 in Assisi, Italy. He is one of the best known
of all Saints. He is the patron of all who work for peace and justice.
He is also patron of the environment and all who seek to preserve it.
Peace Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
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