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The shrine had it's origin in 1946. 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 Rev. Brophy envisioned a large cross as the centerpiece for a shrine. 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. The 13 acre site has an outdoor church, flower gardens and seven shrines. A museum features more than 500 nun and priest dolls dressed in the costumes of different religious orders.

Location: Indian River Michigan Telephone 231-238-8973

Other History nearby:
(Harbor Springs) Blackbird Museum
(Mackinaw City) Colonial Michilimackinac
(Indian River) Cross in the Woods
(Mackinac Island) Early Missionary Bark Chapel
(St Ignace) Fort De Buade Museum
(Petoskey) Little Traverse Historical Museum

10/19 Coming to The Indian River area
MorelFest Boyne City MI May16-19 Each May, Boyne City fills with hundreds of mushroom lovers from around the country who come seeking that elusive delicacy-the marvelous morel.
National Cherry Festival Traverse City MI June29-July6 The Grand Traverse region, known for its world-record tart cherry harvest, bursts with visitors eager to savor the flavor of cherries tucked into everything imaginable.
Charlevoix Venetian Festival Charlevoix MI July20-27 What began as a simple candle-lit boat parade has grown into a week-long flurry of color and pageantry that highlights the summer season and attracts tens of thousands of visitors.
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St Helen Bluegill Festival St Helen MI January1 Crafter demonstrations, live music and entertainment, vendors, kids games, a medallion hunt, and great food. Sunday wraps up with the Grand Parade and Awards Ceremony.