St. Joseph's Shrine/St. Joseph's Church - Brooklyn, MI
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N 42° 03.401 W 084° 09.910
16T E 734575 N 4659958
Quick Description: Located on the north side of US-12 between Egan and Springville Highway. Parking available. Be sure to take a walk north of the cemetery to the Via Dolorosa. It is worth the trip to see the love and devotion these men put into this artwork.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 8/28/2007 9:21:23 AM
Waymark Code: WM239Q
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member sailor_dave
Views: 153

Long Description:
From the State of Michigan Historical Marker on-site:

As part of the 1928 expansion of St. Joseph's Church, a shrine--inspired by the grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes in France--was designed. In 1932 work began on the fourteen outdoor stations of the cross, which depict scenes of the Via Dolorosa (the sorrowful way), that Jesus walked to Calvary. The footpath begins at a replica of Pontius Pilate's palace then winds past balconied houses, through the judgment gate and ends at Christ's tomb. The crucifixion scene is sculpted from Carrara marble. Two Mexican artisans, Dionicio Rodriquez and Ralph Corona, under the supervision of Leo Ouelette, sculpted the steps, archways and railings from wet cement to resemble stone and timber.

St. Joseph's Church originated as a missionary church during the 1850s. Priests from Adrian, Clinton, Manchester, Tecumseh and Monroe served the parish until the first resident priest arrived in 1954. The original church, which is still part of the present structure, was constructed in 1854 by Irish pioneers. In 1863 the first Mass was held in the church. The tower and stained-glass windows were added in 1911. In 1928, Father Joseph Pfeffer from St. Mary's in Manchester served here and oversaw the enlargement and remodeling of the church to its present form. The transept was built and nave enlarged, transforming the church to a cruciform plan. The red tile roof, the tower and the use of mosaic, tile and wrought iron in the interior give the church its Spanish Mission flavor.
Artist: Dionicio Rodriquez and Ralph Corona

Date: 1932

Materials: El Trabajo Rustico (concrete)

Website: Not listed

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