New Religious Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe on AMU Campus
Published on Saturday, 12 December 2015 15:43
Ave Maria University's campus, which has no shortage of religious statuary and prayer space, added more when it opened a shrine and prayer garden featuring a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8.(Right, Fr. Cory Mayer of the Ave Maria parish, at the statue opening)
The area of the shrine is the first development to take place on hundreds of acres of previously undeveloped land across a lake from the main AMU campus and is reached by a newly-constructed wooden footbridge. (below left)
AMU President Jim Towey says the site "will be a place for students, faculty, staff, neighbors, pilgrims, and tourists to gather and pray," and although it stands alone today on the other side of the main campus, "I believe one day it will mark the center of it"
The bronze 10-foot statue was fabricated in Thailand and is a gift of Jerry and Linda Stafford. Other donors helped underwrite the cost of the bridge, benches, and landscaping, Mr. Towey said.