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Pictures Appearing of New Shrine to be Staffed by FI’s!!

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Ave Maria!

Pictures are starting to appear on the web of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe which Archbishop Raymond Burke is building in La Crosse, WI. The ones below are from New Liturgical Movement.?Creative Minority?also has a post. A beautiful slide show done by the architect, Duncan Stroik, is well worth a peak. A truly a beautiful shrine!

Most amazing of all, we, the Franciscans of the Immaculate, will have the august honor of staffing the Shrine and the Catechetical Center. We don’t deserve this!!

We will be taking up residence in the friary being built alongside the Shrine in early July and the Shrine will open on July 31, with a whole week of festivities July 28-Aug 3. EWTN and Relevant radio will cover the event as well as modest AirMaria.

The Shrine grounds are already well along and the Candle Chapel,?Gift Shop and restaurant are operational, so it is already well worth the trip if you’re in the area. We will soon post a video on the?trip we made to the Shrine last fall just after our Coredemption Conference in Indiana.

Thank you, Our Lady of Guadalupe! … and Archbishop Burke, of course.

From New Liturgical Movement:

The New Baldachin at Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, Wisconsin

by Matthew


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Fellow NLM contributor Gregor Kolmorgen pointed me towards some new photographs of Duncan Stroik’s nearly-complete Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, a project I have watched with considerable interest since I was given a tour of the unfinished site two years ago by a member of River Architects, Mr. Stroik’s local collaborators overseeing construction drawings and some aspects of exterior design. The project is certainly one of the most ambitious he has undertaken, with a much larger sculptural and artistic program than was possible in earlier, budgetarily-constrained projects. The result is a wealth of painted altarpieces, soon to be installed, polychrome marble, and gilding.

The majority of the side-altar and ceiling paintings are being overseen by Anthony Visco, whose work has been profiled here in the past, and whose images of four Marian doctors of the Church occupying the pendentives of the dome show a new apogee in his work. (You can find them here, along with many other photos of the in-progress interior; there is also an Pozzoesque illusionistic ceiling fresco planned for the narthex.) When the church is dedicated this coming summer it will stand as a counter-example to those who say, in this day and age, it cannot be done, and will inspire us to even greater feats of art and architecture.

Some of the new paintings were recently put into place, while the baldachino is virtually complete. Adapted from the baldachin (or ciborium) of Saint Mary Major, it is probably one of the most complex and detailed pieces Mr. Stroik has executed in his career. It is interesting to note that another one of his more intricate designs in terms of execution and materials used, the shrine to the Sacred Heart in St. Louis Cathedral, comes from the same patron, Archbishop Burke, one of the few churchmen of any artistic vision and discerning taste in the country today.